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Ellen McMahill
Monterey , California - United States
Acrylics - Social Commentary

I have a BA in art from Florida State University and have a long life with experiences that enrich the images I have been painting for 7 years.

I am now focused on the interaction between the artist's inner world and the viewer's perception of what the artist has created. As an artist what do I want to express and how will the viewer see the juxtaposition of images, colors, lines and symbols I paint on my canvases? What do people actually see and what do they pay attention to? How do the eye and mind experience a painting when everything we see is affected by past experience, when we so often look with eyes and mind that already have preconceived ideas about what we think we are seeing?

I find that my task is to draw the viewer into paying attention by presenting ideas in a way that asks the mind to think beyond our ordinary perceptions. I am expressing my inner world as I engage the audience in re-viewing their own inner world and possibly understanding themselves and others...
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Quiet Place - acrylic paint - 24" x 30" - $250

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