From a late start and a base of sketching, photography and gardening, Elaine has found her niche painting unique intuitive abstracts and occasional coastal scenes. She has undertaken art studies to understand some of the processes involved and to develop the necessary technical skills. Now she harnesses her energy, life experience, travels and spirituality to create colourful, emotionally expressive paintings perhaps easier to think of as Inner and Outer Landscapes. She is particularly interested in good design as well as colour and mostly works with fluidity in acrylics and oils. She is also a Lay Minister in her local parish church.
Paintings will start with an idea or other reference, choosing colours and will develop on the canvas beneath many layers of paint as she loses herself in the process. No two are ever the same but will be related, as she usually paints in series of 3 – 7 of varying sizes together.
It gives mental space, joy and a freedom to process things especially from ministry.
It lifts her, uses her creative instincts, and the paintings lift the rooms they are in, providing a talking point as one client wrote:
‘The pictures are well and truly still an intrigue in our lounge – not only are they eye-catching but they are a talking point whenever guests come over… we still enjoy giving the backstory to them, which is interesting because they’re modern depictions of their subjects. … They just lift the room!”
And they are a journey for the mind or spirit:
Writing about what drew her to the picture, another wrote: ‘the really vibrant colours, the dark blue strokes and sense of mist, mystery and questioning. It allows me to wonder, look deeper and longer and it draws me in.’
Elaine writes: ‘Art can help to lift us out of the mundane, open our eyes to what is around, not just the material world we inhabit, but the colours and experiences, be they physical, emotional, mental or spiritual: the life journeys we take. It’s a journey I never thought to make, but I love the experience and hope you will join me! Perhaps my pictures may help to open doors for you too’.
Elaine Almond, October, 2019