I create western and wildlife art to fulfill the desires of my soul to express myself. My completed art pieces seek to convey my feelings, emotions, and love of the American West and its animals and wildlife to others, so that they, too, may experience my passion.
Elyssa Leininger was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She grew up riding and showing horses, participating in rodeo, hunting, fishing, hiking, and creating art that is inspired by her western lifestyle. She spends much of her time at her family’s cabin in the Beartooth Mountains near Red Lodge, Montana, which is where she gains much of her artistic inspiration. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, a Bachelor of Arts in art, and a minor in psychology and was the recipient of the 2017 Rocky Mountain College Art Award.
Elyssa spent a semester abroad in Italy studying art in 2014 and this encouraged her to pursue an art major. She has since won numerous awards for her art, she has been featured in museums, auctions, and exhibits across the state of Montana and in North Dakota, she is a member of the Western Heritage Artists, and she donates her work to numerous organizations and charities. In the spring of 2018, she shared her passion for art by bringing art supplies to an orphanage in Ethiopia, where she taught the children how to paint and draw.
In December of 2010, Elyssa’s passion for art was spurred forward due to a heart surgery that resulted in complications. After this, she viewed the world and life as more beautiful and sacred, which inspired artistic visions and a desire to reproduce them. Her work has been described as “Montana Baroque,” as she utilizes vivid colors and strong lighting to create dramatic work, featuring animals and wildlife found throughout the American West.