NATURAL FORCES: Wood Paintings by Ellen Hill
September 20 - October 21, 2018
Ellen Hill’s artwork reflects her strong respect for nature. Her elegant abstractions in wood and paint have been shown throughout the United States; abroad in Northern Ireland and Vietnam; Recent solo exhibitions include the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD; Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD; and Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD. Her works are in public and private collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; U.S. State Department, Washington, DC; the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities; the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD; and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Ellen Hill is represented by Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
Hill is the recipient of two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and a Grant to Individual Artists from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has served as a resident artist at Hood College in Frederick, MD, and Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD, and worked as a resident printmaker and grants writer at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, MD. She received her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her BA from Duke University. She lives and keeps her studio in Rockville, MD.
In her own words: "I create mixed media paintings by assembling panels and fragments of carved, painted, and inked wood to produce richly textured artworks that reflect my strong respect for nature. I work with wood because it has a warmth and history that it carries with it, and I like that it comes out of the ground and has a textural and tactile energy to it. The repetition in my process is an expressive act for me, expressive of feelings I have about the constancy of natural cycles and the joy and comfort I find in them.
In creating my work, I respond to the physical materials involved, making use of different media for their individual strengths and their combined expressive power. Typically, this involves building layers of mark making, painting and carving images that resonate with me emotionally, and combining them over time in the studio."
All works in the show and represented here are courtesy of Steven Scott Gallery.
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