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