Elisa Keogh is an award-winning artist and designer who primarily works with photographic images. Born in England and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the height of the political unrest, Elisa was drawn to the raw, underground street art that focused strongly on content. She found it to be powerful and inspiring and it ignited her passion to make art that carries a message. At 19, Elisa arrived in the United States as an Au Pair. During this time she studied photography through Harvard University’s continuing education program and immediately knew that she had tapped into a piece of herself that would be important to her future. Eventually, moving to New York, Elisa studied graphic design at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School for Design and subsequently enjoyed a successful career in New York as an Art Director for Arista Records, and in 1993, her Special Packaging cover design for Annie Lenox’s “DIVA” album was nominated for a Grammy. Later that year Elisa opened her own design studio in Manhattan, SeeHear Design, that provided visual solutions for the music industry. She was honored in 1995 when her poster design for the alternative rock band The San Francisco Seals was placed in the permanent design collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. During her years as an art director, Elisa’s interest in photography grew as she collaborated with many creative photographers to capture the personalities of the musicians she worked with, and in 1998, following a move to Connecticut to raise her family, Elisa made the decision to close her design studio and place her creative focus on her photography. In 2004 Elisa accepted the position as assistant to fine art portrait photographer, Ben Larrabee, who inspired and encouraged her to exhibit her photographs. Since 2005, Elisa has been an exhibiting artist throughout Connecticut and beyond, achieving recognition for her prolific work. She is an active member of The Silvermine Guild of Artists and the Westport Artists Collective and has taught photography since 2005, as an artist-in-residence and an after-school and summer camp instructor, as well as to private students of all ages in her Norwalk, CT studio.