I enjoy looking at abstract art in part because I like trying to figure out the artist’s process. With no subject or scene to create, how does the image come about? Can I tell what the artist began with? Does it looks like the artist has an end result in mind or did the image come about organically, starting with a color or a form and building from there?
As I look at Ellen Rolli’s art it looks like she may have an idea to begin with – perhaps a particular color palette – but her works suggest a generally organic approach. Her work has many layers and I love looking deep into the images to try to see where she started and compare that to how the piece ended up. There’s a lot going on! The combination of colors she uses, the hard versus soft shapes, and her use of transparency and opaqueness is fantastic. I feel like I’m learning when I look at her paintings.
Ellen Rolli – www.EllenRolli.com