Ella Delyanis

I have been a professional artist since graduating from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts as a painting major in the 1970’s. Having had a formal and traditional art school education, primarily drawing and painting from the figure, after graduation I experimented with abstraction for a couple of years. Some of those abstractions were evocative of landscape and I started working from the landscape in greater Boston. When I moved to Worcester County, my interest in the landscape as a subject increased. At first those landscapes were fairly abstract, but over the years my landscape paintings have become more realistic.
The landscape as a subject fascinates me largely because of its diversity. I enjoy finding interesting locales to photograph or paint from. What I am usually looking for is a dynamic space with strong illumination, interesting cast shadows, and a variety of interesting forms. It usually takes me a month to resolve an oil or pastel painting as I work in numerous layers of paint or pastel. In warm weather, I combine this practice with faster plein air paintings and sketches. Having drawn from nature is helpful when I work from photographs.
I have been exhibiting and selling my work for a number of years. I have had my work in various galleries over time and my work has sold to both private parties and corporations. I also have had a long career as an art instructor for adults, primarily at the Worcester Art Museum. Teaching also helps me to think more about the art elements that make for strong paintings.

Selected Works