Elise Weinrich Geary grew up in Michigan. Her initial focus on a career in art changed to science, leading to medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and a Dermatology residency at Duke Medical University. She opened a private practice in Durham, NC in 1982.
In 1993, Elise renewed her interest in art and began showing and selling her watercolors in various galleries in North Carolina until retiring from her full-time medical practice to move to Vero Beach, Florida in 2010. She now splits her time between Vero Beach and Hendersonville, NC. Elise furthered her art education through individual study with nationally known teaching artists Linda Daly Baker, Deborah Gooch, Marianne Mitchell and Timothy Sanchez. This has allowed her to move into a deeper realm of artistic expression through abstraction, creating oil and acrylic paintings inspired by the connection between human spirit and nature.