Painter Ellen Buselli uses her collection of antique oriental vases, old Roman glass, American Arts & Craft pottery, pueblo pottery, and other artifacts for subject matter in her still-life and floral paintings.  Her careful observations of light and shadow, form, edges, values, and color evoke a calm classical order, and a sense of timelessness in her work. 

After study at the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and graduating from Cornell University with a BFA degree, Buselli moved to New York City and studied at the Art Students League, and Grand Central Atelier.  She paints from her north light studio in an old brownstone built in 1893, which mirrors her love of the turn-of the century painters and traditional art practices. Painting from life and attempting to capture the beauty before her is the ultimate challenge and always captivating for Buselli. 

Over the years, Buselli has divided her time between New York and New Mexico and appreciates the contrast between the two regions.  Her collection of pueblo pottery has been inspiration for many of her still life paintings.

Quote from the AMERICAN ARTIST magazines’s feature article on Buselli : “Observing Carefully, Thinking Abstractly, Painting Traditionally”: 

“Painting is about observation. The process involves thinking abstractly – even if painting traditionally - and observing how light and shadow, atmosphere, value, edges, color and temperatures of color work together to give a subject matter its form. If thoughtful and careful about all of the above, a painting will emerge, and a two-dimensional surface will appear three-dimensional.”

Her inspiration and influences include the great paintings of Fantin La Tour, Emil Carlsen, John Singer Sargent, William Merrit Chase, and Giorgio Morandi,  among others.

In addition to the still-life and floral genre, Buselli also paints plein-air landscapes, the figure, and portraits.

Buselli has exhibited and earned recognition and awards from:

Oil Painters of America:

       Best Still Life Award

      Jack Richeson Silver Brush Award

      Winsor & Newton Award of Exellence

      Signature Status Award

Art Renewal Center: Finalist – Still Life Category

The Butler Museum of American Art

FASO BoldBrush Award

Salmagundi Club

American Artist Magazine:

      Cover Award and Feature article

      First Place 70th Anniversary Competition

The Artist’s Magazine:

       First Cover Competition Award and Feature Article

      Honorable Mention – Still life Category

American Women Artists:

      Best in Show

      Master Signature Status

National Academy of Design

Allied Artists of America

Knickerbocker Artists

Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club

Ridgewood Art Institute

American Artists Professional League

She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the country, has been accepted to numerous national juried and museum exhibitions winning awards at many of them, and is in many private collections. 

She is a member of:

Oil Painters of America – Signature Status

American Women Artists – Master Signature Status

Art Students League of New York – Lifetime Member

Portrait Society of America – Artist Member

Salmagundi Club – Artist Member

Ellen Buselli

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​Gallery VII  Fine Art

"Pueblo Magic"  20"x 24" oil on linen, $5,500