Elio Hinds was born in the country of El Salvador, where she had the opportunity to learn from renowned salvadorean artist Roberto Huezo. At age 18 she came to the United States to attend the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She studied Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture.

She has been living in Key West since 1994 and has been Working for the Waterfront Playhouse as Master Scenic Artist since 2004. Elio has been creating her bold oil on canvas paintings at the Mockingbird Studio since the summer of 2007. She is also a traditional boat sailor, backcountry kayak guide, and charter boat crew.