Elaine G. Coffee

Written by Dolores Tropiano Category: Arts Issue: January 2014

Her oil paintings have an appealing imperfection about them. They are not purposefully and perfectly posed portraits. “The paintings capture a narrative of a moment in time,” she says.

Coffee, 72, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and started painting as a young girl alongside her artist mother. She attended The School of Visual Arts in New York and took medical illustration classes at Hunter College. All combined to help her create accurate anatomies of the people she portrays.

Check out Coffee’s paintings now through March 23 at the Celebration of Fine Art on the southwest corner of Hayden Road and the Loop 101 in Scottsdale, or at elainecoffee.com.