BOOKS BY ELISE DEPUYDT
A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture
Stevia Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks and More!
Also on this site : Articles by Elise DePuydt and a News and Information Blog related to the art and history of Ventura County, California and the City of Ojai where she lives.
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Elise DePuydt is a writer and photographer with a background in botany. She grew up in Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Michigan Technological University. Through her interest in botany and nature she developed a love for nature photography. After eight-years in Bellingham, Washington, Elise moved to southern California in 1991. She was a field biologist for 12 years and an active member of the Channel Islands Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for 15 years.
In the past eight years she has been engaged in office administration and bookkeeping and is currently the office manager for the Ojai Film Society and the bookkeeper for the Ojai Valley Museum. Elise is also a member of the Ojai Valley Museum Historical Walking Tour docents who give tours of downtown Ojai on Saturday mornings. She has earned the Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership Awards from Toastmasters International.
Elise has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on a variety of subjects and has two books on the market: A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture and Stevia Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks, and More.
Her Ojai guide book came about as a result of her becoming increasingly aware of the remarkable public art and fountains springing up around Ventura County. She first fell in love with the two fountains and beautiful tile work in Figueroa Plaza across from the San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura. She also noticed an amazing surge in public art in the past few years in Ojai. Elise became so inspired and appreciative of these public displays, she felt compelled to share her enthusiasm by publishing a photography guide book for others to enjoy. She hopes to continue this series with a book about the public art in the City of Ventura and may eventually publish similar books for other parts of Ventura County.
Photo of Elise DePuydt by Myrna Cambianica