The Winnsboro Gallery will host a special exhibit of paintings by Ellie Taylor, a contemporary impressionistic painter who lives at Holly Lake Ranch, from Friday, April 17, through Saturday, May 2. Taylor, a retired teacher, always knew that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. She studied art with Earline Barnes in El Paso, and, after retiring, studied under Jo Taylor and Dr. Ollie Theisen.
Taylor paints in several ways. She paints plein air (a French expression which means "in the open air" - particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors). She also paints from sketches, uses pictures to remind her of a scene, and from memory and setups.
Taylor feels all of her paintings must include the artist’s first impression of what is being painted. Her art expresses feelings of aesthetic beauty, awe, and drama. An admirer of Van Gogh, she uses exaggerated color and bold impressionistic strokes in her paintings.
“Ellie does very vibrant, impressionistic works,” said Mary Smith, gallery owner. “She is as full of energy as her paintings. It’s a great match.”
Winnsboro Gallery, 214 North Main Street, will host a reception for the artist on Friday evening, April 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artist and experience her work. Refreshments will be served.
“It’s so much fun to host an artist who is excited and can talk about her work,” Smith said. “It’s fun to get together with other art lovers in a casual venue and talk about it. It’s always a party when artists and art lovers get together.”
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