Artist Statement & Bio
I’ve always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. Contemporary Impressionism best describes my style. Primarily I work in oils and feel it’s important to work from life at least initially.
I’m drawn to the human form where figures exist both in representational and painterly worlds and will I’ll often explore a narrative theme in order to capture the emotional power of a moment in time. I feel that common, every day things can be beautiful and resonant without being manipulative or artificially provocative. Landscape painting for me is a journey in search of something that evokes a personal response to nature beyond the obvious and descriptive. Ultimately my concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured with paint. I’m inspired by the fabric of which our environment is woven. Daily surroundings that show a visual patina of time speak to me; the alchemy between what is transient and what is solid. Between the two is the rich matrix of the shadow and light patterns of life.
Soon after graduation from the School of Art & Design, Suffolk University in Boston, I decided to skip the harsh New England winters and began my career in Bermuda, at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. I took a brief sabbatical from my job to study art in Florence, Italy. After five years in Bermuda, I set my sights on California. For the next ten years I lived in Laguna Beach, working as an illustrator and editorial designer. Marriage and the birth of my daughter Olivia brought me back to my roots in Boston where I continued studies at the School of the MFA and began painting full-time. I return often to Bermuda, Italy and California to paint and teach workshops.
Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara CA
Gallery Antonia, Chatham MA
Charles Fine Arts Gallery, Gloucester, MA
Willoughby Fine Art, Martha’s Vineyard
Windjammer 3 Gallery, Bermuda
Plein Air Invitations
2017 Lighthouse Art Center Festival of Arts, Tequesta FL
2016 Just Plein Fun, Delray Center for the Arts, Delray FL
2015 Bermuda Plein Air Festival
2015 Lighthouse Art Center Festival of Arts, Tequesta FL
List of exhibition with Gallery One Seventeen:
Dec. 8th, 2017 : “9th Annual Smalls Show” A group exhibition.
June 14th, 2018 : “Summer Group Show” A group exhibition.
Dec. 14th, 2018 : “10th Annual Smalls Show” A group exhibition.
Photos of Eli’s current work can be sent via email at request.