About the Artist 


"I paint happiness as an intuitive adventure. My paintings reflect the happiness I feel when I paint landscapes, flowers, fruit or people. I want the paintings to put a smile on the faces of people who see them, providing an "ah ha" experience—a feeling of peaceful, joyful serenity. Enjoy!"


Elaine Trei’s love of nature and color can be seen across her entire portfolio of work. Whether painting still life or scenery, in watercolor or oils, Trei’s enthusiasm for her subject matter shines through. She translates views of flowers, landscapes, fruit, and people through her own imagination. The results are uniquely hers: slightly impressionistic, intensely colorful and always engaging.

Trei’s art has been purchased by numerous collectors, and she has first-place ribbons and other recognition to her credit. She has exhibited throughout San Diego County and has been juried into multiple shows, including the prestigious Rancho Santa Fe Rotary “Arturo” Auction through Christie's. Her work is well known in the San Bernardino mountain communities of Running Springs and Big Bear Lake, where she has exhibited in “The Gallery” as well as at the popular annual outdoor shows “Art on the Lake”, "Village Art Walk", and "Blues for the Zoo". She is certainly showing at the Artisans ETC. in Big Bear Lake and Running Springs, CA. 

Though she has painted since the early 70’s, Elaine Trei started painting in earnest in 2002. She has studied under some of the country’s most recognized artists. These include watercolorists Rick Hawk and Drew Brandish; oil painter Carolyn Anderson; Oil Painters of America artists Jeff Watts and Meadow Gist; the Rikki Reinholz Studio of Art and Design; and the renowned artist Daniel Greene. Trei received critiques from Linda Doll, a well-known jurist, and from a group headed by Sandra Bray—all members of the American Watercolor Society.

Trei paints at her studio in the city of Big Bear Lake, where she is also conducts private instruction and occasional classes. Instruction and showings are by appointment. Work currently available for purchase may be viewed at the studio, or in various area galleries and locations.

Trei also accepts requests for custom work from individual collectors, interior decorators and interior designers. She is currently considering representation and welcomes inquiries.