Cherry Creek Art Gallery, Denver Colorado Galleries

Ken Elliott

Ken Elliott

Ken Elliott
5282 Red Pass Way
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Commissions on request
Over 100 signed, limited edition giclees

Artist Statement

Making the Artworks

My involvement in the art business has now spanned over 40 years. I began as a picture framer, then worked alongside an art restorer, became an art dealer, and about 25 years ago, began to draw and paint. In my career, Iíve been fortunate to have seen remarkably good works of art and met some of the best painters in the field.

My focus is the landscape and its rich store of ideas and inspiration. I am compelled to work from the trees, skies, lakes and streams in their endless variations. I donít try to recreate nature (even Monet said he never got it right) or attempt storytelling. Instead, the works are simplifications and exaggerations of nature. There was a time when I felt the tyranny of the landscape. That is, I felt limited by making pictures of a place. Now, instead of making scenes, I am free to make paintings - art that comes from nature but is far more reliant on the strategies of making good art objects.

Fortunately, Iíve learned that what some would call mistakes are part of the creative process. So, I try to begin boldly, not worrying about mistakes, using more color than might exist in nature, and varying the types of chroma and marks. During the process, I allow my vision and the inevitable missteps to become a part of the emerging image. Some of these missteps will be eliminated and the more delicious ones are incorporated into the process as unintended surprises.

Painting is not a linear, start to finish process for me. I typically have a number of paintings and pastels in progress in the studio. All the paintings and little images in view feed each other, offering solutions and more problems. Those paintings that make it out the door have come to a good but sometimes torturous conclusion.

Tomorrow in the studio, new oils and pastels will emerge. The fun of it all is that sometimes the pastels become new oils, oils morph into different pastels or prints. All of nature is altered, perfected and abstracted. When I run out of variations to an idea, Iíll go back to nature where all the inspirations and colors for a lifetime are always waiting.