Emily Elisa Halpern grew up riding horses and was an accomplished equestrian. She enjoyed making things with her hands, but before she seriously considered art, was a student athlete in her collegiate studies. As a "Kodak All American", she studied Criminology while also playing on the National Team. She was named the year's top Criminology graduate but deferred further study to play basketball professionally in Germany, Australia and Switzerland. When she retired from sports, she moved to New York City and switched gears back into the arts. She received a Presidential merit based scholarship for her formative training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she earned a BFA in painting. Following graduation, she relocated to California and attained her MFA and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She enjoys the cosmopolitan art scene in Los Angeles and can be spotted making the rounds on Saturday night openings. Her paintings and assemblages have been shown in Chicago, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico and Canada and are owned by institutions such as the San Diego State University and purchased by collectors as far away as Shanghai.
Emily Elisa puts people at ease with her disarming smile, quick wit and sense of humor. She has fulfilled her dream of visiting all seven continents.