Elva Palo (nee Gelzins) is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Canadian Art Therapist. She graduated with an Honours BA in Visual Arts (York University, Toronto), an MSc degree in Creative Arts Therapy (Rochester, New York) and a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy (Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Toronto). Elva has also studied metalsmithing at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York and also with her father, metal artist Elmars Gelzins. She currently supervises professional art therapists and graduate students at TATI and is the founding Director of the Timmas Art Studio at the Estonian Children’s camp in Udora, Ontario. Elva is a 30-year member, past Vice President and the current President of the Society of Estonian Artists in Toronto (EKKT).
Elva is also a member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada, the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada, United States and Europe and has works in various private and public collections.
I enjoy experimenting with different art media to reflect the mood and message of the subject matter. The combination of textures within an art piece gives the subject matter layered meaning, information and interest.
I incorporate both the intuitive side of self-expression as well as the formal elements of fine art in creating a visual narrative about people, nature, and my Baltic heritage. I’m interested in how artists use symbolism and metaphor to express personal identity through culture, gender, and politics.
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