Elmien’s formal art career started in 1991 at the JHB Art Foundation where she completed the foundation course in Fine Arts. In 1994 she completede the National Diploma in Fine Art at the prestigious Art School at Technicon Witwatersrand, majoring in Sculpture and printmaking. In her final year she was awarded the Chemosol Award for best student in silk screen printing.
In 1995 Elmien won a prize in the Johannes Stegman competition for aspiring children’s book illustrators. In 1999 her artwork was chosen to advertise the “Gansbaai” Whale and Fynbos Festival throughout the Overberg. Elmien’s silk screen print titled “Gansbaai” was used for the cover of the Portfolio Bed & Breakfast Collection 2000″/
From 1995 to 2007 she focused on silk screen printing and developed the colourful naive style for which she is widely recognised.
First solo exhibition : 1997 – Lilliesleaf Gallery in Rosebank & the Cape Gallery in Cape Town.
From 2007 to 2010 Elmien explored the exciting process of glass slumping and fusing. She created beautiful wall hangings, windows and decorative plates and bowls.
From 2011 onward, she worked with acrylic on canvas as her main focus, returning to the rich colours and cheerful scenes adored by her followers.
She currently lives with her husband and three gorgeous cats in JHB, where she continues producing the art she loves and playing the violin just for fun.