Early Work

Elaine Badgley Arnoux was born Helen Elaine Harper in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1926 where she lived until age 11 when she and her mother moved to southern California. At the age of 13 she began drawing and creating portraits of people and places she knew in Whittier, CA, using graphite, watercolor and oil paint. Her interest in these mediums and genres has been an integral part of her lifelong art practice.