Eli grew up between Chicago, Illinois; Cody, Wyoming and Aspen, Colorado. A graphic artist and wildlife/nature photographer, she studied her crafts in university in the U.S. and U.K, finally settling in Woody Creek, Colorado in 1979. Eli has always felt a deep passion and great respect for the beauty of our Earth. Its nature, wildlife, wild lands, and indigenous cultures have been a constant factor in her art and life and in 1993 she experienced a profound personal connection with the landscape and the people of Africa.
Her biggest challenge was to combine her love of Photography, Art, Nature, Environmental Ethics and Conservation in such a way as to benefit our planet, individuals and educational institutions by sharing the wisdom and visuals of what she has learned on extensive conservation oriented journeys through Kenya, Tanzania, Galapagos Archipelago, Australia, Tasmania, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe through presentations to schools and service organizations in the private and public arena.
Toward this larger goal she founded WildiZe to work with indigenous communities toward creating new solutions to the challenges we are all facing in our rapidly changing world. Her philosophy is grounded in the belief that humanity must be in balance as one with, not separate from, nature and the all encompassing laws of life. Addressing human needs and linking them with the needs of wildlife and our envrionment is critical to the long-term conservation of our Earth’s diversity and resources.