Elsie Boyce's exhibit at 621N4TH Gallery is a selection of paintings, drawings, and collages created over 30 years. Her paintings demonstrate a unique approach to art making that bridges painting and collage. Primarily working figuratively, she captures the expressions and moods of her subjects beginning with loose drawing on watercolor or illustration board. This is followed by painting subdued tonal colors onto paper with casein or acrylic paints, tearing it into shapes, and pasting them to the original drawing. By following the surface plains of her subjects, she captures their mass, creating an almost sculptural effect in each piece. "Almost all of my work that has been in national shows and won awards is figurative, mostly faces... My thoughts always came back to faces, people, their moods, energy, and inner selves." Boyce has been making art for longer than most artists, and at 83 years old, she shows no signs of slowing down. Like the artist herself, the mixed media paintings she creates are fresh, innovative, and full of life. Boyce received a BA in Mathematics from Brown University in 1951. She lives and works in Wilmington, NC.