Elle Deacon is a long standing resident artist at Motion Gallery, exhibiting her art as far back as March 2012. In this time we have seen her work in oil, watercolour and acrylic paints. Her style of painting has always remained somewhat dreamy and idyllic. On her bigger paintings, she often paints outdoors scenes, which emphasizes a sense of mystery which is typical of her use of light and shadow.
Having experimented with many materials and mediums, including chalks, pastels and collages as well, she is currently fixated with alcohol ink. She tells us, “I am working on three small works, blocks 3 inch by 3 inch, and 5 inch by 5 inch, which are abstract and a combination of alcohol inks and acrylics. I am also exploring small canvasses.” More recently the use of alcohol inks have changed that softer edge and added bursts of colour to her works, yet her work remains soft and soothing.
Elle tells us creativity has always been a part of who she is, and as a child she remembers making pictures and mud pies in the backyard. When she finished school, she attended the Alberta College of Art and Design where she attained a BFA, graduating with honors. To this day she remains an art nerd and reveals she has a Vincent Van Gogh action figure in her bedroom.
Influenced, and in love with the Impressionist art movements, Elle says, ”I think every artist is influenced by other artists”, and admits she finds inspiration by seeing the new ideas and styles emerging from modern artists. She thoroughly enjoys learning how to use new mediums, and she is also inspired by the newest thing to captivate her interest, whether it was the last place she went to, or the last art show she visited.
Elle’s only wish is that she is recognized, and I would like to have people go by her art and say: “Oh, that is an Elle Deacon”.
You can find Elle’s artwork on her Instagram as well as on Motion Gallery’s website, or view it personally at Motion Gallery.
These are some of Elle’s previous artworks:
Written by Sandra Montgomery
Edited by Renee Laferriere