We are proud to own about 6 of Catherine Elliot's paintings. She is an award winning artist and she captures the essence of life (as we would like to to be) here in the Farmington Valley and beyond. For two very special wedding presents, Catherine created paintings from some photographs of some very special landscape scenes. The results were stunning and will be treasured for generations.
Dennis D from Simsbury CT
"Elliott's masterful canvases do not depict Victorian women in long dresses clutching parasols or water lilies floating in Giverney, France. Rather, they focus upon the natural landscapes of New England, exploring the deep connection between color and light in Connecticut's cultivated gardens and wild countryside."
- Opulence Magazine
Elliott began studying color when she started painting. "I learned right from the start that color is relative," she comments. As a result, she thinks carefully about her colors and plans many of her paintings before she begins. "It's important for me to exaggerate the colors of nature because it's art-it makes things beautiful," she says, echoing Chevreul's maxim.
"When I choose a subject, I'm already thinking of opposites," the artist continues. "For example, if it's a plein air subject with lots of yellows, I choose a color opposite the yellows, such as a magenta or purple. Then I'll do a loose sketch in acrylic, blocking in the canvas with that color." color opposites are also key in Elliott's still lifes. "If I paint the whole background one color, it doesn't look truthful," she explains. When there is light coming from one source, she exaggerates the colors to enhance their opposite.
- Cristopher Willard, American Artist, March 2001
"I'm compelled to paint and bring light and color intimately together." she says. "My vision as an artist is to see and translate to the world the visual wonders of nature and to lift the spirit to a place of peace and contentment." - the Artist