Ellen Solari & Nancy Wagner
Ellen Solari is a member of the River Street Artists in Waltham and is an art teacher at the Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted School in Waltham. Her work has been displayed throughout New England for more than a decade.
I look at my work as a form of meditation. What I hope is for the viewer to stop and be present in what I have made. For me, the actual creation of a painting or drawing is a meditative practice. Drawing or painting a line forces me to concentrate. For each mark that I make I ask: ‘Does it belong?’ These latest painting are about bones. I fell in love with their subtle curves, holes and shapes.
Nancy Wagner has been the recipient of multiple Mass Arts Lottery grants. Since 1989 her work has been shown throughout the United States and in the selected collections of corporate entities including Fidelity Corporation, The Boston Company and Morgan Guaranty Trust.
I have always been interested in pattern and color — dating back to many years of sewing and working with fabric. I also formally studied weaving which was a real cornerstone in my development as an artist. However it was when I discovered the world of paint that I found a vehicle with which I could fully explore- in a fresh and immediate way- the ideas I had always been interested in. I still find myself constantly referring back to that world of textiles- grids, patterns, and textures as I work to bring together the many disparate sources of my inspiration. With each painting, I aim for a sense of purity and mystery, infused with light and depth painted layer upon layer until I reach the gem-like quality I am seeking.