Elaine Mathews

Artist’s Statement

Elaine Mathews at work

Elaine Mathews

What Inspires me to paint? The beauty of California attracts people from around the globe, and the rich diversity of its geographic features inspires me to paint.

I hope by viewing my paintings people will be reminded of their times experiencing the many awesome splendors of California. I am a traditional artist, influenced by the Southern California Impressionists of the 1920s, but always working within an idiom that states who I am.


Elaine arrived in California the same year she was born: 1941, when her family moved from Ohio to Compton. Her formative years were spent drawing and painting the changing light and shadows cast by the sun on the San Gabriel Mountains. Elaine now lives in beautiful Rancho Mirage with her husband Steve and cat Zipper.

Elaine holds a B.A. in studio art from California State University, Long Beach, and a M.A. from Azuza Pacific University. Elaine retired as Chairperson of the Art Department at Savanna High School in Anaheim, California, in order to devote more time to painting.

Elaine’s art work is included in the art collections of Nissan Motor Corporation, AVCO Financial and many private collections.


Elaine Mathews - Joshua Tree

Elaine Mathews – Joshua Tree

Elaine works large and she works small. The Quiet Creek Gallery in Idyllwild, CA specializes in small paintings…and Elaine is a Star in that Plein Air Gallery. Her work is on display in Laguna Beach, at the Laguna Beach Hotel Lobby Gallery. In Palm Springs, her work is shown at the Desert Art Center and in the new Terry Master’s Desert Painters Gallery. Elaine also does large works, 30 x 40 and more…in order to capture those Vast Desert and Mountain Scenes that go on and on clear to the Horizon. 


Elaine has received many Awards (First Place in Rancho Mirage Art Affaire) and

Is co-Chairman of the California Art Club Palm Springs Chapter.

Her work is found in many Private Collections, as well as AVCO Financial and Nissan Corporation.

Elaine Mathews, California Landscape Plein Air Painter

Elaine Mathews Gallery