eljay art / P.O. Box 6043 / Columbia MD 21045



  www.eljaymcbride.com                   410-404-8026                   eljayart@hotmail.com

When asked how long he has been creating art, Eljay will answer, "For as long as I can remember, probably, from the age of four." Eljay McBride, whose pen name is Elijah, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.  Although he attended the highly respected Maryland Institute College of Art, he considers himself a self-taught artist.  He is noted as "God-gifted" by many and is considered a talented "shining light" amongst contemporary artists.

Eljay has been able to develop a unique style through his years of practice and experience.  He is a painter of inspirational and jazz themes with a realistic quality.  He works mainly with oil and acrylic, yet is just as effective with pen and pencil.  His use of shadow and light is clearly evident in his style.

One of Eljay's strongest and most popular pieces is "Annie" an acrylic painting of a little African-American girl that seems to consume  each viewer through her need for love and compassion.   Also, through his artistic evolution "Born Again", a powerful oil painting of a most unique version of a mother and child.