Eli Cedrone has spent her lifetime creating. She had her first “commission” at the age of 6, when she was asked by another first grader to draw horses in exchange for snacks. The magic of making images has never left her. Upon graduating from the School of Art & Design in Boston , Eli studied art in Italy and at the MFA. Her professional career began as an art director in 1982 at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, in Bermuda . This was followed by work as a designer and mixed-media artist in Laguna Beach , CA . Today, Eli paints full time and on occasion is still commissioned, as an illustrator for a number of publications worldwide.
"Like most artist, I often question what's important when confronting the creative process: making money, showing off, the pure pleasure of painting, or is it something more spiritual? I think it's all of those things but mostly, art is the making of expressive symbols, the creating of which is a prayerful act. I try to be as honest as I can when I set out to make a picture. Therefore, I believe there is a certain responsibility that goes along with being an artist, it's important to have integrity in what we create and display and sell.
I feel a sense of calm and tranquility in the presence of nature. Painting is my journey in search of that feeling. A journey to find that special “something” worth knowing more about that ultimately evokes a personal response. Something beyond the obvious and descriptive. In the words of Francis Bacon; it's the job of the artist to deepen the mystery, for himself and the viewer.
Based on direct observation, recollection and some invention, I try to describe the profound in the commonplace. My 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. Even with the best of intentions however, it's always unpredictable, the results are never certain, but the time is always well spent.
By dividing my time between studio work and painting en plein aire, painting is a way of sharing a portion of my life with others."