“The point of the image is to put together something that’s expressive of the emotional observations of the person making the art.”
Elissa Gore is a landscape painter who paints from both her observation and memory. In her work, Gore strives to find a feeling of the universal in the natural landscape. She wanted to make art about nature and discovered the feeling she wanted to express in art was communicated best in paintings of the landscape. Sunset walks and frequent studies painted at Cooper Lake inspires many of her large works as she is influenced by water.
“I try to surround the viewer with atmosphere or a panoramic view, that reflects a transcendent moment I feel. I respond especially to places that include air, earth and water. Without water the plants all die, and the same thing with life. The paintings become paintings about the environment. I’m not an illustrator of a conservation message, but the concept is this is the natural world and it’s very beautiful. Let’s keep it the way it is.”
Originally from Philadelphia, Elissa Gore now lives in New York City. She studied at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Art. Her work is often shown nationally and is included in over 60 public collections.
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