Elle MacLaren is an award winning artist who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico and previously in Boulder, Colorado. Her work has been exhibited and collected nationwide.

Elle MacLaren’s creative process manifests as an exploration of environmental images. Material, color, and texture are the important elements of this exploration using encaustic, metal, cement, oil, graphite and various other media. Her work references landscapes, cityscapes, and “planetscapes”.

“I am interested in the relationship between people and natural and manmade environments. There are many layers to observing the familiar. There is an imprint, a memory, a feeling that goes beyond observation. The images I create aim to bring the viewer into seeing the environment on a deeper level. It is my intention to evoke a response from the viewer that gives them a larger sense of knowing the source when looking at the familiar.”

Elle holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Alma College. She continues her ongoing experimentation with media, exploring new materials and pushing the limit of what they can do.

Elle MacLaren, mixed media artist, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Multi Media Artist, Santa Fe, NM


BFA Drawing and Painting  Alma College, Alma, MI

Select Recent Shows

“Global Warming is Real” international juried show
Encaustic Art Museum
Santa Fe, NM 2018

“Meaning Less, Making Sense – Asemic Writing” invitational group show
GVG Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM 2018

“As Above So Below” solo show
GVG Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM 2016

“Divergent Unity”
GVG Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM 2016

“Making Your Mark” international juried show
Encaustic Art Institute with International Encaustic Artists
Santa Fe, NM 2016

5th Annual National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibit
Encaustic Art Institute
Santa Fe, NM 2016

“The Art in Wax” international juried show
Gallery 901
Santa Fe, NM 2014

“Pip Squeak” international juried show
Northbrook Library
Northbrook, IL 2013

“Poetry Bleeds Rust” national juried show
National Association of Women Artists gallery
sponsored by International Encaustic Artists
New York, NY 2013

“Invention and Re-invention”
GVG Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM 2013

4th Anniversary Exhibition
GVG Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM 2013

Art Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM 2013

Osmosis Gallery, Niwot, CO 2012

“Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood”
Octagon Center for the Arts
Ames, Iowa 2011

Solo show
Art on the Walls
Boulder County Arts Alliance
Boulder, CO 2010

Solo show
Art Underground
Louisville, CO 2010

“Re-presenting an Era”
Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Crested Butte, CO

“Accretionary Assemblage” juried show
Core New Art Space
Denver, CO

Boulder Open Studios, juried shows 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Current Gallery Representation

GVG Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM

Previous Gallery Representation

Osmosis Gallery, Niwot, CO

Abbacino Gallery, Venice, FL

Fryberger Art Consulting, Littleton, CO

825 Art/ Art and Framing at Stapleton, Denver, CO

Princess Gallery,  Crested Butte, CO

Pruesser Gallery, Taos, NM


Award for first place , “Poetry Bleeds Rust”
International juried show, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY
sponsored by International Encaustic Artists,

Honorable Mention, “Woman” show, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO

Award for 2nd place best abstract, Boulder Art Association Spring Show


Sargent Bickham and Associates
One Boulder Plaza
Boulder, CO

Allstate Insurance
Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Encaustic Art Museum
Santa Fe, NM


“Mixing it Up” article by Elle MacLaren
Encaustizine online magazine, Spring 2017