Featured Artists – Elliot Twelvetrees and Colin Dearth

March 14, 2024


Elliot Twelvetrees paintings are abstract visions, glimpses of interior landscapes, fragments of visual stories told with lush color fields and neutral monochromes with mark making made with both standard and unconventional tools. Informed by training in the Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain, and a career as a decorative painter, she fuses classical and modern paint techniques to abstract and abstract-expressionist sensibilities. Brought up in a touring, musical family, she has lived in and experienced many cities and cultures in the U.S., Europe, and Central America. Her aesthetic has been cultivated in countless museums, libraries, natural landscapes, and city cafes. “When I compose and make a painting I am conjuring with color, gestural line, memory, and layers of paint. I want you to see vistas from the corner of your eye, remember a long-lost poem, hear a distant melody, be enveloped by a subtle or powerful mood.”

Colin Dearth is a photographer, a motorcycle riding poet, and a former paratrooper. His images capture and chronicle the awkward beauty and the everyday madness of this life’s journey one picture at a time. For over forty years this fascination with the capture of eclectic images, culled from the common and often portrayed in the abstract, has led from one adventure to the next. From polaroid cameras, 35 mm cameras, to a serendipitous find of brand-new digital camera by the side of the road, and the advent of the iPhone; it has all been aimed at a common purpose: to experience and process the images of our existence from a new angle and with an open eye in search of the genuine. The guiding principle being that there is glory out there from the gutter to the stars.


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