About Me


The Colour of music

Most people are lucky if they have one artistic skill, and luckier still if they're able to pursue it professionally. Shirley Elias has been lucky a few times over; her first success as a concert pianist, and now she has found another calling as a painter."     - Edmonton Journal

I first stepped out into the artistic world as a concert pianist, with performances across Canada, frequent broadcasts on CBC’s Radio Two and solo and orchestral CD recordings. I earned the sobriquet “Piano Woman” at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s International New Music Festival with Maestro Bramwell Tovey (GRAMMY® award-winning Conductor), for a sweat-inducing, spirited piano concerto written specifically for me and the WSO, and had me playing two pianos at the same time! Definitely a tour de force and a personal career highlight.

From the concert stage I communicated with sound colours. Now it's on canvas with literal colours. Both have flow and rhythm. Composition. Engagement. Stimulation. For the ear and the eyes.

But always most important to me - is generating a smile!

gone global

Art had always been a passion of mine, alongside the music. It was a natural extension for me to use the same bold energies and vibrant "colours" I strived for on stage and put them on canvas. Both artforms require determination, focus and lots of creativity in the studio – every single day! With 10,000 art hours well behind me, I've developed a unique style and use of textures which has led to a high demand for the work around the world. My latest project involved a major exhibition together with a symphony orchestra. Check out the "Spectrum" page to read all about it. It was definitely a project of a lifetime!

original art

Music is the heart of Elias' paintings... (she) works with a vivid palette of colours. Fusing elements of pop art, modern cubism, marigold-colored swirls trumpet off the canvas, as one could imagine sound resonating from an orchestra. Black and cobalt details anchor the paintings, while glints of metallic paint add light and interest.       - Edmonton Journal

expanding the connection

I always paint "gallery wrap", which is just fancy speak for painting the sides of the canvas. Just like music floats off the stage, I want the paintings to also "spill" off the canvas and keep the eye moving. Since my eyes seem to be always moving and looking for the next adventure, expanding the Elias brand past the original art also feels seamless. One of the fashion pieces just made its movie debut! Check out the website for all the options.

  • Prints - paper, canvas, metal
  • Fashion - for the body and home


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