Catherine Elliott is an artist whose style can be defined as contemporary impressionist. Her work portrays typical New England scenes like close up views of a stand of birch trees with richly detailed bark, meadows, seaside cottages, Cape Cod skies and quiet streams. Her work hangs in hospitals and healthcare facilities, and clients will commission landscapes of a favorite family home or vacation spot.
She finds inspiration in the natural world around her and in the work of fellow artists. Workshops taught by acclaimed artists like Daniel Gerhartz and Mark Boedges help to refuel her creativity. Her work captures the light and special sense of place.
"A personal passion has always been Plein air painting, or outside, setting up my easel and painting all day from nature," Elliott said. "Studying the time of year, the time of day and the atmospheric conditions are constant challenge and joy to put down on canvas."
Her artist statement defines her efforts to capture the true grace of the remaining countryside of New England. She succeeds in her objective, and her paintings touch the heart, especially for those who know and love that world. Elliott's portfolio covers a wide range, with evocative oil paintings depicting woods and wild flowers, summer gardens and lighthouses to the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City and Irish landscapes.
"I would have to say the paintings that hospitals and other healthcare facilities have commissioned me to do with the philosophy making a them more of a healing and inspirational environment," Elliott said. "My mission has always been to bring the outside and inside. So touching people through nature has been very satisfy as a professional artist."
Elliott also paints commissioned pieces for individuals or businesses, such as portraits, houses, and other locales. Sometimes clients will ask her to include a favorite tree or a family pet in the picture. Commissioned paintings are often gifts, for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays. Her work is sold in galleries across the US and in Ireland. Elliott also conducts plein air workshops.
Her paintings tend to become family heirlooms, treasured for years. That's because each work embodies her experience and her way of looking at the natural world.
"Each painting is created by over 30 years experience with a brush," Elliott said,My work is continually evolving and transforming my vision to interpret the delicacy of the natural world to the canvas. To invoke a feeling of peace, remembrance and tranquility is my goal for the viewer."
Visitors are welcome to stop by Elliot's studio and gallery in Simsbury, CT. Appointments can be made in advance online, by phone or email.