Elaine received her Masters Degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. She has been an art teacher for students from pre-K, through high school, as well as adult instruction. She has coordinated and curated numerous art exhibitions. After facing breast cancer in 1996, she coordinated three art shows for cancer survivors. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in France, and has been published in "Quilting Today Magazine". She has also written and illustrated a children's book, The Legend of Old Mr. Clarke.