January 2006: Elaine Close oil paintings on wood
Elaine Close will be showing oil paintings on wood and small works on paper. The paintings are inspired by shapes and by the emotional power of colors. Her surfaces ask to be touched, color and texture in a delicate changeable symbiosis. The results are subtle, somber, profound and understated. She begins with building texture with Spackle on wood, and then follows with a layer of acrylic paint and then thin layers of oil paint. This slow process results in paintings which, because of their subtlety and because they change significantly in different light, say different things at different times. Her works on paper have similar themes but more of a focus on line. They are made from a variety of mixed media including graphite, oil pencil, watercolor, acrylic and oil.