"Black Eyed Susan"
13"x13" Oil on board
24"x30" Oil on board
Because of the Katrina disaster I am donating 10% of the sale price of each painting to the Salvation Army or the Animal Rescue League in the name of the purchaser.
Artists Statement: elise du pont zoller
A Brief Note on This Year's Work
Recently, I have had the opportunity to spend some time at Tufts University's teaching farm just West of Boston. There they house a wide variety of animals raised for teaching, breeding, and the pure pleasure of their looks. The wild feathers of the Araucana chickens and the soft variations of the cream colored wool of the Dorset sheep are only a few examples you will see of this beautiful variety in this year's paintings.
The animals on this farm are also unique in their relatively comfortable relationships with humans. Because of their frequent contact with the Tufts' students, the animals are curious and engaged. Several of the paintings depict personalities that are strong enough to be a favorite Aunt, but originate in a far different source.
You will see a few new human portraits in this year's gallery, which I hope you will enjoy as well.
Painting is a chance to explore light, shadow, and color as they play across a landscape, a face, or an arrangement of objects. The greatest luxury is the opportunity to look at something for a long time and come to know it well.
From 1976 to 1980, I attended Princeton University from which I received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. For the last 25 years, I have lived in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Utah, Washington, Hawaii, and the Kingdom of Jordan doing more odd and interesting jobs than I can shake a stick at. Life has been complex and fascinating.
While in Utah, I studied studio art and portraiture at the University of Utah for four years with Paul Davis (MFA, Boston University), John Erikson (MFA, Yale University) and Brad Slaugh (MFA, Boston University).
I feel truly fortunate to be able to work at what I love best, painting.