Artist Profile: Ellen Kantro

Artist Ellen Kantro describes how she became an abstract painter and the influences that inform her work.

 

"Green Door 508" Mixed Media, 24” x 24” by artist Ellen Kantro. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Green Door 508” Mixed Media, 24” x 24”

 

ABI: How did you get started as a painter, and why did you decide to create abstracts?

EK: I have always been a creator in one way or another, and in a variety of mediums.

 

"Blue Wave One" Mixed Media, 12" x 24" by artist Ellen Kantro. See her profile by visiting www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Blue Wave One” Mixed Media, 12″ x 24″

 

I was doing wood veneer assemblages, and trying to match a blemish with paint, when I felt that I could be much freer and less fearful of perfection with paint than with the exacting nature of marquetry and woodwork.

 

"Fractured Fairy Tales" Mixed Media, 24" x 24" by artist Ellen Kantro. See her profile by visiting www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Fractured Fairy Tales” Mixed Media, 24″ x 24″

 

I create abstracts because I love the discovery of the story a work may ultimately tell. I understand that some artists love their subjects, while others love the process. For me, it is the process and the never-ending variety of elements and textures that I can layer into a single piece.

 

"Skin Deep" Mixed Media, 24" x 24" by artist Ellen Kantro. See her profile by visiting www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Skin Deep” Mixed Media, 24″ x 24″

 

ABI: What influences your painting?

EK: Without a doubt, I am influenced by how things like water, temperature and time alter even the most permanent of things.

 

"Second Stage One" Mixed Media, 12" x 24" by artist Ellen Kantro. See her profile by visiting www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Second Stage One” Mixed Media, 12″ x 24″

 

For example—rust, peeling paint, moss, cracked glass, dried wood—all have a stillness and beauty to them that I try to evoke in my work. Abandoned places and how they came to be abandoned are major influences.

 

"Heartbroken" Mixed Media, 16" x 16" by artist Ellen Kantro. See her profile by visiting www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Heartbroken” Mixed Media, 16″ x 16″

 

ABI:  Do you take commissions, and what is that process?

EK:  Yes. I love doing commissions. The process begins with a discussion with the client to get a sense of what they may want to see imparted in the piece—a preferred color palette if they have something in mind, where the piece may be placed and which elements in my work resonate with them.

 

"Wishing It Was" Mixed Media, 24" x 24" by artist Ellen Kantro. See her profile by visiting www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Wishing It Was” Mixed Media, 24″ x 24″

 

I ask for printed matter and/or artifacts that have special meaning that I can either embed, replicate or suggest in the finished painting. There are examples on my site that describe the intention of each, accompanied by the completed work.

 

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