Pastel on paper
7.5” x 12” framed in 2.25" dark cherrywood to 16” x 12.75”
inspired by the poem:
YOU TOLD ME I WAS A CLOSED BOOK
Let me go then, put me in the sea.
I’ll turn its exact color, the grey of that moment.
Greenish brown as the sun first comes up
when plant parts and tiny animals
color the water and salt.
I will find the shape and beat of the waves,
the water so cold I won’t dissolve.
Sun through black lettering
on both sides of pale sheets.
A soft layer of water sits
between each page buttressing —
no rips against the toss of the waves.
On a certain day the string of my binding will be yanked out
by a fish, pulled clean and eaten.
My pages will go the radius of a circle
each by themselves learn when to
duck below a rough one
slide right or left as needed
or float still under full sun.
You might find a wet sheet someday
dripping on the warm dryness of your hand
but put me back.
— © Ana CH Silva
Elaine was introduced to artistic expression early in life as a child with weekly art classes in various mediums. Later she attended an Arts & Music High School followed by the Fashion Institute of Technology. She studied pastels at Mt. Saint Mary College and also at the Art Student League.
She is a member of the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), and Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows and was awarded 1st place in 2006's “Artists on Campus Wildlife Award” for a pastel portrait of the oldest of her cats. In 2009 and 2015 she won the Gayle Clark Fedigan award for best pastel, in 2010 and 2012,1st place for the all mediums Hudson Valley category and best pastel in 2013. To expand her views she has even traveled to Ireland and Italy to study and paint.
As an artist she believes that everything we see in the universe is vibratory in its being. Each object vibrates at different rates and it is through our process of realizing these vibrations through color and light that certain forms appear to us. In her art she tries to be open to this process and allow nature to speak to her on all levels and works to capture the essence of a scene using both her inner and outer eye.