Painter Ellen Buselli uses her collection of antique oriental vases, old Roman glass, American Arts & Craft pottery, pueblo pottery, and other artifacts for subject matter in her still-life and floral paintings. Her careful observations of light and shadow, form, edges, values, and color evoke a calm classical order, and a sense of timelessness in her work.
After study at the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and graduating from Cornell University with a BFA degree, Buselli moved to New York City and studied at the Art Students League, and Grand Central Atelier. She paints from her north light studio in an old brownstone built in 1893, which mirrors her love of the turn-of the century painters and traditional art practices. Painting from life and attempting to capture the beauty before her is the ultimate challenge and always captivating for Buselli.
Quote from Buselli’s feature article “Observing Carefully, Thinking Abstractly, Painting Traditionally” in AMERICAN ARTIST magazine:
“Painting is about observation. The process involves thinking abstractly – even if painting traditionally - and observing how light and shadow, atmosphere, value, edges, color and temperatures of color work together to give a subject matter its form. If thoughtful and careful about all of the above, a painting will emerge, and a two-dimensional surface will appear three-dimensional like magic.”
Her inspiration and influences include the great paintings of Fantin La Tour, Emil Carlsen, John Singer Sargent, William Merrit Chase, and Giorgio Morandi, among others.
In addition to the still-life and floral genre, Buselli also paints plein-air landscapes, the figure, and portraits.