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June 27, 2013

‘Life after law’

Elta Wilson '80 and her work in the Portland art scene

Elta Wilson '80 has garnered a colorful array of experiences. As one of the first female trial lawyers in the Los Angeles courts, she worked 20 years for a subsidiary of AT&T before running her own private law practice. In 2007, Wilson's interest in the arts grew, and she opened her own studio, ArtStudio12, in Portland, Ore. 

This year, Wilson's art not only was exhibited at Concordia University but also chosen for Artists Among Us, the largest annual art sale in Portland. "I happily represent that there is life after the law," said Wilson. "I paint in acrylics and involve myself in the art world." In March 2013, Oregon Public Broadcasting featured her acrylic painting, "Black Hole: In the End We Are One." Other notable national institutions, including the Boston School of Fine Arts, also have displayed her work.

Wilson's art transitions into written work as well. Her written piece, "The Nexus of Art, Science and Ethics," discusses the impact science has on artists and art schools. Her art contains descriptions and colorful portrayals linking back to her ideas on science, religion and art.

Currently, Wilson still resides in Portland, is a member of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and serves on the cathedral's arts commission. To view her work visit www.eltawilson.com.

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