Elaine Kurie

Elaine KurieMy work is about simplicity, calm, and quietude and I am interested in painting images that convey the stillness of the moment.  The cool northern light entering my studio not only defines the subjects that I paint, it often becomes the subject itself as the patterns and shadows become compositional elements of their own.

Although my subjects are varied, they are tied together by my use of a restrained color palette, my use of grays containing subtle undertones of color, and by my particular handling of light and shadow. This theme is carried over into my figure and portrait paintings where the qualities of calm and stillness are reflected both in their facial expressions and poses.