Elaine Souda was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Miami, Florida. After graduating from university she took the next plane to New York City where she studied at the Art Student’s League with Robert Beverly Hale and Richard Pousette-Dart. The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the great museums of Europe were also her classroom as well as the streets of New York. For several years she was a graffiti artist in the subways of New York and worked under the name of es53. Her paintings have been shown in galleries here in America and abroad. Her work is in some of the most prestigious private art collections around the world. She lives most of the year between Boston and Wellfleet, Massachusetts and works mostly by commission.