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Elma Jellá

10/01/2014 04:05PM ● By Style

Photos by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Elma Jellá brings a collection of individuals and emotions to life with her thought provoking, post-modern, and award-winning abstract paintings.

In addition to partaking in the Art Studio Trek for eight years, her work can often be seen at Roseville’s Blue Line Gallery.

AB: Where do you find inspiration for your abstract pieces? 

EJ: My inspiration comes from my inner feelings and dream work that’s connected to my family or myself. All of my work comes from my unconscious. About five years ago, I began adding the portraits on paper collage and evolved to cut canvas fabric as my collage medium. These are also in the abstract form—all coming from the soul where the thread lives.

AB: How did you find your artistic calling? Was it something that evolved over time or did you begin at a particular period in your life?

EJ: I have always been [and seen myself] as an artist, but it wasn’t until middle school when I began taking private lessons; at university, my minor was visual art. While teaching and raising my children, I put art aside. Then, in about 1991, I began taking art lessons again—this time in watercolor. The watercolor background is why I use the fluid acrylics to paint as a “layerist” in a watercolor manner. I always knew when I was painting landscapes, flowers and people that eventually I would move into the abstract.

AB: How do you know when a work is finished?

EJ: I know a piece is complete when I cannot put in another meaningful line, shape, texture or balance, and the color and value hold true to the piece. Sometimes I need to let the piece sit in my studio for many days or weeks before I’m sure if it’s finished. If I can’t add another mark, however, it’s finished.

AB: Is there a piece of work you’re most proud of? Why?

EJ: Oddly enough, I love almost every piece; each is so meaningful to me with the feeling it evokes. What I feel in the painting may not be what you, the viewer, feel, but some kind of emotion is what I’m looking for. Not all art is beautiful like a luscious flower, but if you experience some kind of feeling then I have done my job. You may not even like it and that’s OK.

AB: What would you most like to say to young artists?

EJ: My advice—to anyone who loves art or is passionate about becoming an artist—is to learn how to draw and how to see and put feelings into their strokes. Take a basic painting [class] to learn the rules, because you can’t break the rules until you know what they are. Study color and its values; don’t get discouraged; keep trying; and keep painting because you love to paint.
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