Ellie Barnet grew up in Midcoast Maine. Raised at an Inn specializing in art workshops and surrounded by an artistic family, she knew from a young age she wanted to be an artist. She received her education in Fine Arts at Boston University, majoring in Painting.
Since graduating Barnet has studied with Knox Martin at The Art Students League in New York City, and attended workshops taught by Lois Dodd and Joel Janowitz.
She currently lives and works in Portland, Maine.
Artist Statement: Reconstruction
?Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.? - Spinoza
In the past, figure and landscape were completely separate modes in my paintings. But in my new work, these two modes have begun to merge and interact.
Gathering images from past experiences - my own and others' - this body of work focuses on unclear recollections mired in the feeling of being small and insignificant in a very large world.
While we often think of time as an agent for fading memories from focus, this work is about the integrating processes of memory and how time can help us distinguish fantasy from reality.
- Ellie Barnet
"Summer Evening" by Ellie Barnet,
Oil on canvas, 24"x30", 2015