Eli Cedrone has spent a lifetime creating. A graduate of The School of Art & Design/Suffolk University, 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 fine artist in Laguna Beach, CA. Her paintings have been exhibited nationwide and she conducts workshops in the US and Bermuda, 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 the 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 painters.
The subject I’m most drawn to is the human form – the body as an expressive and interpretive vehicle. In my figurative scenes I try to capture the emotional power of the body, expressing a vast range of dramatic possibilities.
For me landscape painting is a journey in search of that special "something" worth knowing more about that ultimately evokes a personal response. 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 the paint as much as they are about new ways to consider the landscape in contemporary painting.