We are happy to hold over some of the remaining works by Jaime Ellsworth and visible in our mall window gallery.
Ellsworth is a Washington State artist living in the peaceful island community of Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands.
Included in E. Ashley Rooney's book, "100 artists of the Northwest" she is not only a painter, but also active raising rescued horses and dogs which represent the bulk of her artistic subject matter.
This year we get a "Dog and Pony Show" which fits all the imagery she loves.
Her Passion and commitment to her animals is translated beautifully onto her canvases in a variety of styles ranging from expressionism to illustrative narratives.
Simple forms are consistent in all of Ellsworth's artwork where she enjoys working in series offering relationships, discovery and contrasts while creating visual situations from everyday experiences and observations.
"Although I begin with a clear idea of what I am trying to achieve the paintings actually emerge from what I already know and what I learn along the way. Each new series directs the path I take and the journey is welcomed." - Jaime Ellsworth
Her paintings are built of many thin layers of oil starting with a limited palette of bold colors on large canvases or wood panels. Subsequent layers allow the under paint to peek through and transparent glazes give the final surface a subtle tint.
With each work, Ellsworth invites the viewer to first look at the simplicity of the image and then beyond, opening the door to the imagination.