Elizabeth Russell



Elizabeth Russell

My work consists of abstract oil paintings, watercolorscollages, and sculptures that explore light, colour, proportion and gesture.When I am working, I draw specifically from distinct early memories of being in, near, or on the waters of the Atlantic seashore. The reduced shapes and colour relationships in my work relate to expansive views of water and sky, the simple resolute gesture of the horizon, and a marine experience of light, shadow and shape.

While these memories and open spaces serve as a touchstone for the internal logic to my visual language, the work itself is mainly about the act of painting. When I am working, I am most concerned with the fundamental questions that have always occupied painters and that are often resistant to language: why, how, when, what.

My work is a departure point for an experience that is completed by a viewer’s own history and colour memories.

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