"A work of art does
not appeal to the intellect, it's aim not to instruct,
but to awaken an emotion." - George Inness
Eli Cedrone has spent her lifetime
creating. Upon graduation from the School of Art & Design
in Boston, she studied art in Italy and at the School of the
MFA, Boston. Her professional career began as an art director
at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Bermuda, followed by work
as an illustrator and mixed-media artist in Laguna Beach, CA.
Her work has been exhibited nationwide and she conducts plein
air workshops in Bermuda and Italy, in the alla prima method
Cedrone works in oils, and feels
it's important to work from life. She paints en plein air or
develops larger works in studio from the model, memory and a
variety of reference materials. Contemporary Realism would best
describe her style. Two powerful influences have been the Spanish
impressionist, Joaquin Sorolla and the Bay Area figurative painter,
Richard Diebenkorn. Others include Nicolai Fechin, Anders Zorn,
John Singer Sargent and Antonio Lopez Garcia.
Her work increasingly bridges
abstraction and realism. She is most drawn to the human form
- the body as an expressive and interpretive vehicle. Through
a meditation on the essence of the subject she transforms the
figure into suggestions of person, place and human pathos. The
figures exist both in representational and tactile, painterly
worlds. Constantly striving for a way to articulate this unique
visual synthesis; from the monolithic to the corporeal, portraying
nudity as something real and not idealized. Often a narrative
theme is explored, she strives to capture the emotional power
of the moment, expressing a vast range of dramatic possibilities.
For Cedrone, landscape painting
is a journey in search of something that ultimately evokes a
personal response - something beyond the obvious and descriptive.
Her concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured
in paint as much as they're about new ways to consider the landscape
in contemporary painting.
"Feeling too comfortable
as an artist is dishonest because art is born out of life and
life is a mystery - an ongoing transformation. The work must
have modesty, it must be free from ostentation.
Common can be beautiful, emotionally resonant and demanding without
being manipulative or artificially provocative.
"Landscape painting should
not be painted for the sake of beauty alone, but rather, through
the landscape something significant may be reached, something
close to the spirit of nature. Within it should be the story
of the soul." - Alexander Korovin