Thursday, March 12, 2009

Artist Highlight: Elnora Wilson

Meet the Artist: Elnora Wilson, in her own words:

"In earlier years, I created very realistic, picture perfect floral designs using color pencil, pen and ink and acrylic paint. I used strong, pure colors, collected African Masks and was attracted to the flavor and cultural richness of Louisiana and that of Mardi Gras.

Though I enjoy creating in textiles using a variety of fabrics of varying textures that lead the eye throughout the composition, the use of pen and ink creates a strong black and white composition. Whether creating in textiles or in paint, my colors are bright and play off of each other to form an exciting dimensional quality and individual mood."

Elnora, the youngest of seven children, has been a Prince George’s County resident since the age of 10 having relocated from South Carolina with her family. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in art education from Bowie State University and completed additional post graduate course work at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.

Elnora’s abstract constructivism style of rich textural compositions carries over into her mixed media framed art where she incorporates bold colorful fabrics, leather, oil pastels, water color, and occasionally pen and ink. The use of a variety of fabrics of varying textures, lead the eye through the composition and at the same time, give each piece a relief quality and a three dimensional effect. Her work has been exhibited in various office buildings, and solo and group exhibitions throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Her work is also in the private collection of Bowie State University.

Elnora's professional memberships and volunteer services include: Maryland Federation of Artists, Hyattsville Artist Association, Prince George’s Artist Association, Montpelier Arts Center, Black Artists of D.C, Strathmore Music and Arts Center, and Women’s Caucus for Art.

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