Elise Ritter

About Elise...

ELISE RITTER is an award-winning watercolor and mixed media artist who lives in Arlington, Virginia.  

A curator/staff member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts wrote:  “Working mostly in watercolor and acrylic paints, artist Elise Ritter captures landscapes with fluidity, paying special attention to light, atmosphere, and reflection.  She creates luminosity through an emphasis on saturated color and light.   Just as it did for Claude Monet, the artist’s experience with paint and light form a starting point for more abstract works.”

  • Elise’s artwork was selected to be included in the 2016 VIRGINIA ARTISTS  JURIED EXHIBITION.  (Out of 881 submitted works, 102 were chosen.)


  • She is a juried member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, an organization of top watercolor artists in Washington DC., Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 


  • She is represented by Gallery Underground, in Crystal City, Arlington www.galleryunderground.org, the award-winning gallery of the Arlington Artists Alliance.



  • Elise is a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and her paintings have been selected for several annual statewide exhibitions.


  • Her paintings are represented in many private collections throughout the United States, New Zealand, China, Germany, England, Portugal, and Puerto Rico.


  • She was chosen to be the featured artist for the Chicago-based worldwide publication and website, “Pastoral Liturgy,” for July & August 2016.  www.pastoralliturgy.org


  • “Luminous Grace,” was the title of her 32-piece solo show from January – April 2016, at the National Methodist Church in Washington, DC.


  • Her duo art exhibition, “Illuminations” (2014), at Gallery Underground, was chosen as a “hot hit & hidden jewel” by CultureCapital Weekend, and reviewed on National Public Radio.


  • Other duo art exhibitions include “Everyday Miracles” (2013), and “Celebrating Spirit and Light” (2008), at Rappahannock Art League.   


  • Elise exhibited a one-person show in Richmond, VA., at the State Capitol building during the General Assembly.  Another Richmond exhibition, “Reflections,” was shown at the H. Scott November Gallery in 2013.


  • PUBLICATIONS include: “Potomac Valley Watercolorists:  Celebrating 40 Years 1974-2014”; “Elan” magazine, Feb. & March 2014; “Arlington” magazine: “Best of Edition,” Jan./Feb. 2015.


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