Elizabeth Geisler

Elizabeth Geisler
Acrylic on Canvas

Born in Los Angeles, Elizabeth Geisler is a California painter with a background in printmaking, photography, music, and film. Her work hangs in collections across the United States and shows in galleries throughout the San Francisco Bay area. She began painting at a young age, and while still in high school, was awarded a life drawing scholarship to the Otis College of Art and Design. In college she studied both visual arts and mass communications, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. She continued her art studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, Barnsdall Art College, and the City College of San Francisco.

Before returning to work full time as a painter, Geisler had a varied career in the entertainment industry and the corporate world. In Los Angeles, she worked in production at Entertainment Tonight, as a writer and editor for American Film magazine, and in the Story Development Department at the William Morris talent agency. Geisler then moved to San Francisco for a career in investor relations and corporate communications, using her writing and visual arts skills to market companies to investors and the general public.

Best known for her paintings of water and nightscapes, Geisler has a special affinity for light, shadow and reflection. Geisler’s water reflection paintings range from photorealistic to semi-abstract. Up close, the color use and brushwork read as abstraction, but from a distance, they blend into a more representational depiction. She often uses intense colored underpaintings that show through in varying degrees in the finished piece, which provides an added depth to her paintings.


When I look at the world, I am drawn to the play of light and shadow, especially the varying patterns and moods created by natural and artificial light. I find that light’s reflections and refractions offer endless compositions of abstract beauty, while also imparting a strong sense of atmosphere.

My latest series explores what happens to light when reflected in water. I am intrigued by the intricate patterns on the water surface and how they can convey both movement and stillness. In some cases, it seems as if these reflections create an alternate reality to what we see on land or in the sky. I want the viewer to be able to interact with my work on different levels — to appreciate the beauty of the abstract composition nature provides while experiencing the almost musical rythymn of the water.