Meet Elisabeth, a nine year old artist with a passion unlike most and an eye for art, design and fashion! This child prodigy has reached goals others may only dream of in this lifetime, mastering several mediums in the art realm. We were lucky to catch up with Elisabeth this summer, prior to her travels abroad, where she will continue with her studies and hone in on her skills that are, without a doubt, out of this world. Elisabeth began painting at a very young age and has a large body of work averaging 70 pieces that are featured in private collections and museums around the world. Inspired by nature and notable artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Van Gogh, Elisabeth shares her world with us and what is next for her bright future! Elisabeth explores and expresses herself playfully with the four elements, Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, wearing fall collections from Tutu Du Monde and Monnalisa. Photographed by Elena Petrova and styled by BK Phillips.
MINI MAVEN: Tell us about yourself and what you do!
ELISABETH ANISIMOW: I’m nine years old; I draw and paint.
MM: Which one do you like better?
EA: I like painting more because in painting you’re using color, and in drawing you’re just sketching out.
MM: When did you first discover your talent? How old were you?
EA: I don’t remember because I was two years old when I started! It was like…I used my baby food as paint because I didn’t have paint. I splattered it and made shapes with it. When I was three-years-old it started to look like something and my mom got me paint; it was watercolor. I remember splattering paint on the walls of the house and my mom had to clean it up—I didn’t have paper at the time. When I was four-years-old I was getting good at painting.
MM: Did your parents notice this gift early on?
EA: Yes, they noticed it early. As soon as they did, they got me paint!
MM: Have you always wanted to be an artist?
EA: I always wanted to be an artist, so I’ve always tried to be one. Painter and designer. When I was little, I liked putting on clothes and drawing on them. It was really just like what I did with my artwork. I like to be both.
MM: Are you self taught?
EA: Yes. I’m self-taught, mostly.
MM: How do you teach yourself?
EA: When I see paintings, I see brush marks and that teaches me how to use the brush. I go to exhibitions and have a lot of art books that I like to look at and read.
MM: Did you take any art classes as a toddler?
EA: My mom took me to art school when I was little, but on the first day I decided not to go there anymore because I thought they’re taking away from my creativity. I did something that I really liked they would say that I’m drawing all incorrectly and made me draw in a very odd way, so I decided not do it. I did my thing and did it how I liked it best.
MM: What inspires your works of art? From where do you draw your inspiration?
EA: Everything inspires me. I mostly draw faces, paint landscape and sometimes farms.
MM: Tell us about your creative process and the materials you use.
EA: I memorize what I saw earlier in the day or take photos on my phone and then draw it at home. I always carry a sketchbook with me that helps me not to forget what I saw. I know where to place my subject on the canvas. I paint with gouache, acrylic, and watercolors. On watercolor I draw first, so I know where to place my paint. On gouache acrylic I just paint from the beginning. I start with bright colors because it’s more pretty.
MM: What is your favorite medium to work with? Why are you drawn to it?
EA: I don’t know which one’s the best, because they all turn out pretty well. I use watercolors for flowers, gouache for animals, and acrylic for everything else. Watercolor turns out really nice on flowers it looks more bright. Gouache and acrylic turn out not so poppy. I also started oil recently.
MM: Where can we see your art displayed? Any museums?
EA: You can see my art at my house, in art shows of mine, on TV and in some galleries. Some of my works are in museums like the museum of Children’s Art in Oslo, Norway, for example–in their permanent collection.
MM: What do you love most about art and painting?
EA: It’s really fun to do, and usually when I’m bored I draw because it can be a great gift. Instead of going to the store and buying stuff, you can actually make something of your own for somebody. It’s very special to me and it makes me proud of myself and inspires me to do more.
MM: What motto do you live by?
EA: Do what I need to do first.
MM: Is there another artist that you are inspired by?
If so, who and why?
EA: Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
MM: What has been your favorite painting that you’ve created?
EA: My most favorite painting is “Circus.” It’s colorful and great. There’s a dancing dog and a happy clown. It makes people smile.
MM: Do you have a favorite work of art by another artist?
EA: I don’t have a favorite work by another artist. I just like Picasso’s cubism style and Van Gogh in general.
MM: Will you attend art school as an adult?
EA: Even though I like to do it my own way, I want to study art in France or Italy!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I’m going to make a lot of paintings and grow more as an artist and a designer!
FOR FUN –
MM: Who is your hero/heroine?
EA: I don’t have any heroes or heroine. I like dogs and artwork. I don’t have a dog, but if I do someday, I’ll name her Ginger.
MM: What’s your favorite cartoon?
EA: I really like…well…Scooby Doo is the first favorite. I also like Chip ’n’ Dale but I don’t watch it anymore because I’m not allowed. My parents try to minimize the TV watching.
MM: Who’s your favorite painter?
EA: I like Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Shag that I met when I was doing the show that’s going to come out in Nickelodeon. I like different paintings of both. I think Van Gogh is very colorful. I like the style of how he did the trees, because he made the trees kind of sideways and usually trees are up straight. Picasso…I like that he got the idea of using shapes, because usually people make classic art and he’s the one who came up with the idea of using shapes.
MM: From the styles you’ve learned so far, which one do you like the most? Why?
EA: I do both Van Gogh & Picasso styles and I do them quite often. I used to do a lot of work in classic style, but I started experimenting more with abstract recently.
MM: How is your mom helping you in following your dream?
EA: My parents support me in everything. All my ideas and dreams, even the most crazy ones. I am very thankful to have such a supportive family!
Photography by Elena Petrova