We have been together nearly 50 years, a good collaboration in both art and life. We have two grown children and four grandchildren we adore, and have been selling fine art since 1972. It started out as my business with Larry always involved at the edges. He framed and looked after book keeping as well as doing his photography. Slowly, as the years went by, his other careers fell away and his photography and technical skills became all important for us both. Since 2012 we have been able to travel the globe in search of inspiration, making work side by side. - Victoria
Born in Cheshire, England, Victoria Elbroch lived in both India and Pakistan for most of her childhood instilling in her a great love for travel. Beginning at the age of 10, she went back and forth to her homeland, managing to survive her education in English boarding schools before her family was repatriated in 1969. In 1973 she emigrat
Born in Cheshire, England, Victoria Elbroch lived in both India and Pakistan for most of her childhood instilling in her a great love for travel. Beginning at the age of 10, she went back and forth to her homeland, managing to survive her education in English boarding schools before her family was repatriated in 1969. In 1973 she emigrated to America with her husband, Lawrence who has always played a vital supportive role in her career as a printmaker and artist. While caring for her growing family, Victoria studied etching in Florida and at the University of Oklahoma, also spending three years working with master printmaker, Loraine Moore. She has continued to take every opportunity to learn and evolve in the 42 years she has made her living from her art.
Victoria’s studio work encompasses all 4 floors in her house from the printmaking press in the basement to the drawing space in the attic. Vicky is often found commandeering the dining table while spreading out larger work, or in residence on the sofa as she sketches or cuts out component pieces while watching the latest edition of Masterpiece. She specializes in mixed media drawing with ink and collage and two printmaking mediums, monotype and photopolymer etching. She has won numerous awards for her prints and was recently awarded the 2019 Piscataqua Artist’s Advancement Grant, enabling her to concentrate on her drawings and the study of trees, a particular passion of hers. In early 2020 she spent 6 weeks in the UK drawing meticulously researched ancient trees while also exploring her family roots.
Anyone who spends time outdoors or traveling with Victoria becomes accustomed to abrupt stops in order for her to draw, photograph or just plain commune with a tree that captivates her. In her own words, “Extraordinary trees, especially ancient oaks, cast a spell over me. Their strange gnarly bark and peculiar anatomy awaken an uncontrollable urge to stop and draw. These majestic survivors are a metaphor for all I hold dear: wisdom, family, connection, shelter and resilience and as a reminder of the fleeting nature of our lives in comparison to their lengthy life spans…It is with awe and respect that I try to alter perceptions with my work, reminding all of us of the threats to, and importance of the natural world. They are ecosystems supporting teaming, invisible life in the branches and under the forest floor. Through my work I try to encourage people to take the time to imagine both worlds, one above the ground and the other below, seated in the enduring landscape”.
- Photo by Tammy Byron -
Born in New York City, Lawrence Elbroch is a self-taught photographer with strong technical skills and the patience to remain still as he waits for the right moment to fill the frame. In his teens he purchased the first of many cameras, a very small 16mm Minolta, his “spy camera” which allowed him to remain unobtrusive as he captured his
Born in New York City, Lawrence Elbroch is a self-taught photographer with strong technical skills and the patience to remain still as he waits for the right moment to fill the frame. In his teens he purchased the first of many cameras, a very small 16mm Minolta, his “spy camera” which allowed him to remain unobtrusive as he captured his subjects going about their daily lives. He read the entire Time Life book series on Photography, continuing to hone his technique while pursuing various careers before dedicating more time to photography. His interest in texture, shadow and light along with his love of candid portraiture are still prevalent today.
Lawrence has traveled extensively with his wife, Victoria, an accomplished printmaker and artist. They have climbed in the Himalayas and been awestruck in temples and bazaars, leading to some collaborative work where her drawings are meshed seamlessly into his photographs. Lawrence’s work has been published in Photographer's Forum Magazine annual “Best of Photography” edition multiple times, also receiving awards for his work including a commendation from the Sony World Photography Awards. Drawn to spirituality, nature and people who live simple lives in tune with the earth, he continues to be inspired by daily life and ritual in other cultures, constantly reminded that people across continents are more alike than they are different.
Our studios are in the house which is heated and cooled by geothermal systems and solar panels supplement our electricity; thus, they are mostly green. Larry uses a digital camera and darkroom. One of his printers uses refillable cartridges.
I gave up etching copper 20 years ago and only use photo-polymer plates. These prints come directly from drawings without having to scratch the plate, and are made with light and water rather than harsh chemicals and acid. They also require a transparency or photo positive made by Larry in the computer. He sometimes combines my drawings or even includes his photographs in the transparencies. The collaboration goes in both directions as he has also merged some of my drawings into his photographs in Photoshop.
We are hands-on! We do everything from beginning to end; photographing, drawing, printmaking, and, even, the framing. This is why we have three studios in the house. Plus, we find it to be cost effective for our customers to do everything ourselves.
Studios are open by appointment only. - Victoria