Born of Water; Oil on Canvas; 24” x 10"
Visual art, to me, is language: a painting is like a speech, a doodle like a
joke, a sketch like an unencumbered chat between friends. As language,
what comes easily to the tongue are the topics and interests of the
imagination. These conversations are often fragmented, unfolding
continually as we break from and return to them. The visual dialog, just as the
verbal, will vary in intensity and form, and reach its conclusion only when we
are satisfied - or when we throw our hands up in frustration.
My work is developed through a blend of digital tools and traditional
mediums, exploring the possibilities and constraints that each offer. The
digital process is rapid and exploratory, and brings a fresh element of
freedom and fluidity. By comparison, traditional mediums are handled with
consideration for their material properties. The physical demands connection,
contemplation, and meditation.
The subject matter in the work, “Born of Water”, is one such meditation.
It is a visual contemplation exploring the symbolic meanings embedded in
our physical relationship to this force of nature. It abstracts and asks
questions of our perception of the domain beyond our control. It ponders
both what we see and what we will become.
About the Artist
Eric Elwell is a concept artist and illustrator based in Houghton, NY. His
work blends traditional and digital art techniques. The subject of his work
ranges from natural scenes of western New York, to abstract and imaginative
environments and characters. Connect with him at www.ericelwellart.com