Journaling is second nature to artist Elissa Rose who strives to connect words and images in her work. According to Elissa, “This is the era of the phrase… if they are crafted well, the often stick.” Elissa took the opportunity of the Shape What’s To Come Traveling Journals as a way to communicate the inspiration for her work and her driving force of determination to conquer her own goals. Elissa’s personal journal reflects her art and regularly includes poetry and poetic phrases and sketches.
Since contributing to the Shape What’s To Come traveling journals, Elissa Rose has had the opportunity to contribute a headline illustration for the Secrets of Inspiring Women Pictory showcase and has had her illustrations displayed on the walls at the TEDWomen Conference. She has recently been writing and experimenting with the use of different visual media (she has begun using her iPad for most of her journaling), but the project she is most proud of is her Tiny Pictures for Japan project. Elissa is sending a free tiny drawing to anyone who sends her a receipt for their donation to the Red Cross or other reputable aid organizations for Japan relief. Elissa states:
“Touching other people and being moved by others is the way we improve ourselves, each other, and our world. I feel like it is my responsibility to continue to create and communicate, for as long as I have the capacity… I want to express my gratitude to the people with giving hearts, and I figure I can do that by giving something to them.”