Mask and Other Distractions Mixed Media, 34 x 40 in., 2015 $1600
“Masks and Other Distractions” is a sculptural relief composition of canvas
mounted on masonite; giving the viewer a feel of “troup de liar” or an effect/illusion
of three dimensional art. The creative beauty stimulates interest and with its
irregular geometrics and artistic design lures the viewer deeper into this unique
surrealistic work of art.
Artist Statement As a surrealist I use the element of design to weave compositions based on my dreams, visions and imagination. My paintings chronicle my life's journey. In short my art is a way of keeping dairy. I paint objects as I think them, not necessarily as I see them. My imagination is the highest kite I can fly.
Bio E. L. Whitley is a native Washingtonian of the District of Columbia. She is a graduate from McKinley Technical High School where she majored in art and studied under the renowned artist, Sam Gilliam. She attended and graduated from the district of Columbia Teacher’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Art. While at D.C Teacher’s College she studied under another renowned artist, “Malkia” aka Lucille Roberts. Upon graduation, she did post graduate work at the Catholic University of America in oil painting and portraiture; silk painting at G Street Fabric in Rockville, Maryland.
E. L. taught on the primary level in the District of Columbia Public Schools system for 30+ years until retirement in 2008. Upon retirement she made a conscious decision to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist. In her work you will see the influences of master artists such as: Michelangelo, Van Gogh and she is most influenced by the works of the surrealist, Salvador Dali.