Elise De Silva is a full-time, award winning artist working out of her studio in Howick, New Zealand. Here primary medium is watercolour, although she does occasionally work with oils and acrylics. 

Super happy to have received two ‘Highly Commended’ in the Auckland Royal Easter Show Art

Elise is strongly drawn to dramatic light and to water themes. "There's something dynamic and magical about water and it's light bending properties. Painting water is a constant challenge which presents an infinite amount of material," says De Silva.


Elise is President of the Howick Art Group and a passionate plein air painter. She has also done a number of community art projects.

If you would like to view Elise's work in person, please visit The Art Lounge  or the Green Gables Gallery, both in Howick, Auckland. Commissioned pieces, art demonstrations and private one on one classes are also available.



I've had a few wins with my underwater themed paintings of late, this time with my latest work "Mum! Can we go to the Panmure pools?" This painting was a finalist for the prestigious Adam Portraiture Award and received a Highly Commended from the judges. Some of the judges comments included - Superb control of the medium of watercolour, and excellent observation skills. This is a biennial competition run by The New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Welllington. You can see the winner of this award and all the finalists here


I was thrilled to receive 2nd prize for my painting Swimming in the Waitemata in this competition run by Watercolour New Zealand.

Judges comments: A show stopper and an amazing work of art with a great depth of colour and realism. This is a well executed portrayal of a girl swimming on a bright sunny day, picking up all the nuances of the water and light reflecting off it.

You can purchase this fully-framed painting from The Art Lounge, Howick, Auckland +64 27 236 5366

Rebekah by Elise De Silva watercolour painting art swimming realism underwater howick auck


Greek Fishing Boat Elise De Silva Watercolour Painting Art Greece Reflections Loose Greece


I’ve been really enjoying my online lessons with Elise. She is warm and encouraging, as well as clear and informative. It’s a lot of fun to work on paintings together and see my skills develop. Thanks Elise!

Kotuku bird watercolour art Elise De Silva Painting Egret Heron White Reflections realism


Elise was amazing! She helped me decide on the perfect photo to paint for my niece and her fiancé as a wedding gift. When I saw her final work it brought tears to my eyes. She is talented, professional, very caring and I look forward to working with her again!

Cooks Beach Elise De Silva Watercolour Painting Auckland Harbour Sunset Sunrise Crepuscula


The painting was even more beautiful in person!! The artist/seller was wonderful in answering all of my questions quickly and packaged the painting with such care. Thank you! I highly recommend!!


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