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Elliot Coatney Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Artist Elliot Coatney creates warm, impressionist landscapes inspired by his surroundings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He began drawing and painting in watercolor at a young age under the direction of his grandmother, an amateur painter. Throughout his school years, he learned the art trade as a studio assistant for a local painter. Today, he works from a home studio in the mountains with old warped hardwood floors covered in paint splatters. "It's cramped and cluttered, but somehow there's always room for me and my children who love to join me with their paints and brushes and other creative projects," says Elliot. His artwork has been featured in juried shows throughout the southeast, including at the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Elliot Coatney creates warm, impressionist landscapes inspired by his surroundings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He began drawing and painting in watercolor at a young age under the direction of his grandmother, an amateur painter. Throughout his school years, he learned the art trade as a studio assistant for a local painter. Today, he works from a home studio in the mountains with old warped hardwood floors covered in paint splatters. "It's cramped and cluttered, but somehow there's always room for me and my children who love to join me with their paints and brushes and other creative projects," says Elliot. His artwork has been featured in juried shows throughout the southeast, including at the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild.

    Artist Statement

    In my paintings, I use saturated colors, abbreviated detail, and throbbing contrasts to create loose, simple compositions full of energy. Although my work is representational, I am not interested in recreating or even capturing a scene. I am interested in the unique emotional and even spiritual impact that paint on canvas can have on a viewer. So the recognizable forms aren't engaged in narrative or symbolism; they are just convenient agents by which the paint works its own wonder. By far the single greatest influence on me as a painter is the late great Richard Diebenkorn.

    I use a simple and direct process of painting that encourages a child-like playing with paint and discourages over-thinking. I work very quickly, leveraging the fast drying time of acrylic paint. Focusing on large shapes and values, I lay down an underpainting and then block in color, highlighting minimal detail with the retouching of values.

    In the painting process, there is a crucial spiritual element of letting go and not worrying about the results. So a successful painting must have a freshness about it - an element of chance and risk. Painterly strokes, occasional oozes, drips, and accidents tell the story of risks taken and speak to the supremacy of paint over subject. When everything works, I want the way in which I go about painting to have a bearing on the way in which the viewer connects with it - not by intellectual process but by that unnamable and effortless power of paint to touch our spirits and point them upward.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Elliot's Work

    Elliot Coatney 2/2/2016 | 5:32 PM

    Jim you are so kind! I'm so very grateful for your support. You're an adventurous collector, and your support has encouraged me to be a more adventurous painter. All the best to you and your family!

    J Nixon 2/1/2016 | 8:59 AM

    We own four Coatney paintings in our collection and have been very pleased on the feedback we've received from guests and the local art community.

    T OGrady 3/21/2015 | 11:11 AM

    I am now one of your public.

    Elliot Coatney 5/19/2014 | 10:16 PM

    Thanks Wes! I'm thrilled and honored to have a painting in your home. I'm so glad you all love it. Let's stay in to touch.

    J Brown 5/19/2014 | 1:13 AM

    'Watching Kline' has transformed our home. I know that we could not find the words to truly express how much joy your work has brought to us. Having such a spectacular original painting has been an amazing gift to share with our children. Your newest fans...

    Elliot Coatney 3/21/2014 | 10:53 AM

    Thanks so much for the kind words P. Rosenberg! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    commentsCoffee Pot
    P Rosenberg 3/20/2014 | 4:03 PM

    Love your shiny silver pots.

    commentsEight Riders
    I Snoeks purchased this artwork. 2/10/2014 | 6:53 PM

    We love the painting. The subject and the colors are perfect for the location. Thanks.

    Elliot Coatney 2/4/2014 | 9:07 PM

    Hi Kim, thanks so much for your kind words and your second purchase! I really appreciate it. I'm glad I could help a Southern girl in the big city to not forget her roots! --elliot

    K Hicks 2/4/2014 | 12:46 PM

    Aerial Landscape III just arrived at my home in NYC. It is a beautiful piece. I love it so much I bought Aerial Landscape I as a companion piece. Fantastic work and gorgeous reminders of my southern roots!

    commentsAndy at MoMA
    J Nixon purchased this artwork. 4/16/2013 | 1:30 PM

    We just bought a house in Augusta and we're turning into a private gallery with gardens. We've received incredible comment on our Elliot Coatney paniting. It's definitely one of our favorites.

    commentsUnder Calder
    K Ibenthal purchased this artwork. 4/1/2013 | 9:03 PM

    This is now in my entry, and I like how this piece reminds me of how it feels to walk through an art gallery. It's very calming. Even more depth in person. Keep up the good work!

    Elliot Coatney 6/14/2012 | 9:17 PM

    Thanks so much for the kind words Susan. I'm so glad you love your painting. It was a pleasure working with you!

    commentsPatio Scene Commission
    S Blair purchased this artwork. 6/13/2012 | 12:02 PM

    Elliot - we absolutely LOVE our painting!!! It just completes our great room - everyone immediately makes a comment on how gorgeous it is (the colors you used are amazing and perfectly compliment our furnishings). Thanks, again, for working with us to create this masterpiece. :) Wishing you continued success!

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