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
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.