Ellen: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice

ellen-book-front-coverEllen Skidmore has always had trouble communicating. Her speech impediment prevented her from expressing herself, which lead to a lot of sadness for a long time. Ellen said, “All my life I have had great difficulty trying to understand the underlying nature of my existence. For a long time, I looked outside myself for connection, direction and validation. I searched and struggled with this until I could go on no more and felt my spirit was broken.”

In college, Skidmore started looking into art therapy and found a professor who really challenged her. She found that painting was the place where she was at peace. “Part of the painting process is to paint your pain and it somehow morphs into beauty,” Ellen explains, “I could paint something really sad and someone could say ‘oh my god, that just makes me so happy.'” Ellen found happiness in painting, and she really wanted to share that with people.

When thinking of how she could share her own story of accepting herself, she thought about creating a children’s book. “My own story came out in a flurry,” she remembers, “Making the book was a labor of love and it’s been very cathartic.”

Ellen wants her own story to inspire children to be more accepting of themselves. She said, “I’m just really hopeful that it will be inspiring to children, and girls especially, I want them to be captain of their own ship.” Writing her book, Ellen was able to reflect on how painting has changed her own view of herself.

Ellen is debuting a new show this week with an opening reception on Thursday, December 17th, from 6-9pm. We are so excited to see her book and her latest works on display at our gallery! You can learn more about Ellen and her remarkable story through this video.

“Eau My Goodness”

Peregrine Heathcote "Thunderball"

Peregrine Heathcote
“Thunderball”

“Eau My Goodness” is exactly what you’re going to be exclaiming when you see the latest of Peregrine Heathcote’s work. His work is reminiscent of a time before him – with old models of cars and planes paired with vintage-style clothing. “I love to see the design and craftsmanship and am intrigued by the histories of these objects, boats, planes and cars from the 1950s to 1970s,” Heathcote explains, “It’s a form of nostalgia as escapism. I would like to invite the viewer to somewhere else.”

His newest works focus more on water-scenes. From taking photographs on a beach to boating in the middle on a lake, water is front and center in this appropriately-named show. “I am inspired by the water,” Heathcote says, simply. “I work in a converted garage amidst a beach wood on the side of a hill.” He pulls from the view he has and puts that into his art.

In Heathcote’s paintings of glamour and luxury, there is a classic attraction in the details. His works have a feel of perfection to them; every color chosen and every stroke of the brush have been carefully thought out.

You can look forward to Heathcote’s opening reception this Thursday, December 3rd from 6-9pm where you’ll get the first viewing of Heathcote’s latest work to add to your collection. For a sneak peak, here’s the show catalog. The show will be on display in the gallery from December 3rd to 24th. Until then, watch this video for a glimpse into Heathcote’s style and process and feel free to take a look at the show catalog

Nefariousness: Michael Carson Solo Show

Michael Carson "Above"  20" x 16"

Michael Carson
“Above”
20″ x 16″

In “Nefariousness,” Michael Carson’s most recent show, the figures in each piece exude confidence and attitude as if they’re saying, quite blatantly, “we don’t care what you think of us.” Their self-assurance is magnetic; you find yourself staring at them, thinking about what their lives could be like. Carson draws his subjects from pictures that models send or pictures that he finds. Poise and intrigue are all-too-natural to them, and he loves using them as subjects in his work since they have just the right amount of attitude.

Carson pushed past his comfort zone in this show, adding facial expressions to a few pieces and balancing tension with a calm in others. While Carson is globally known for his cool, attractive figures, in this show he added a new depth to them by contrasting reds with his well-known muted palette. Carson’s newest works are more popular than ever. He was featured in Kate Spade’s Blog, Behind the Curtain, and Elusive Magazine, where they interviewed him.

The reception for Nefariousness took place on November 19th and was a huge hit. People were packed into the gallery, eager to take a look at these stunning paintings. The show will be hanging until December 8th. Make sure you stop by the gallery soon so that you’re able to purchase your favorite piece from this the startlingly attractive show for your own private collection!