Katharine Butler Gallery
1943 Morrill Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
941.955.4546

Artist receptions and

Third Friday Towles Court Artwalks

are 3rd Friday of each month from 6-10 pm.

 

 

 

ELIZABETH ST. HILAIRE NELSON

(COLLAGE)

Nelson Creative, Inc

www.nelsoncreative.com/gallery

ejnelson@mac.com

Artist Statement

          My love of collage started with a scrap box of mementos from my childhood that my father passed down to me a few years ago. Stuffing these tidbits into a box beneath my bed seemed very anticlimactic –– but what does one do with the original hospital bill for their birth and Mom’s nursing school graduation cards from 1967? 

I decided to find a way to incorporate these papers, notes and snippets into a figurative collage “painting.”
            This piece, Looking in on Jane (a portrait of my mother), won Best of Show at Orlando Visual Artists League (OVAL) in 2005 (and a second time in 2007 at the Women’s Caucus for Arts’ Matriarchs and Madonnas exhibit), plunging me head-first into a pool of possibility with collage. 

My technique has evolved and changed as a result of experimentation with hand-painted, hand-made, and found papers, maps, magazines, and memorabilia. I draw inspiration from potential collage materials that I come across in my day-to-day; fortune cookies--, tea-bag tags and the kids’ homework included! 

My work highlights the extraordinary within the ordinary, focusing on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sensibility of design. The collages incorporate a variety of materials that invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger.

Biography

          Clare Zipperly of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, FL judged her work Best of Show in 2007 and stated:
“Elizabeth uses paper much like a mosaic artist might use tiles in assembling a piece, or she may use  layer upon layer of transparent papers to get the rich effect and colors she wants. Her work is simply a must see (up close).”

          Recent accomplishments include advancing to the finals (six artists, nationwide) of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Art Competition in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Locally she was awarded Best of Show at the Women’s Caucus for Arts Matriarchs and Madonnas exhibit at the University Club in Winter Park, FL in 2007.

          Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, born and raised in New England, has lived in Central Florida for the past 17 years. She holds a B.F.A. in advertising design from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York. She is a member of the Florida Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, and the National Collage Society.


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Rouge Comme un Coq

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Du Coq a l’Ane

Collage w/ Acrylic,

Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

 

Jambes de Coq

Collage w/ Acrylic,

Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Le Fait de Chercher l’Amour

Collage, Frmaed w/ Barn Wood

 

BLOO Cow

Collage w/ Acrylic,

Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Coq de Bruyére

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Coconut Palms

Collage

 

 

Comme un Coq en Pâte

Collage w/ Acrylic,

Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

 

Counting...

Collage w/ Acrylic,

Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

 

Enchanted

Collage

 

Fine Feathered Fowl

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Florida Sunshine

Collage

 

How Now, Brown Cow

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

 

Le Coq du Village

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

 

Lockerbie Sheep II

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Lockerbie Sheep

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

 

Liberté

Collage w/ Acrylic,

Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Peacock Plummage

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Qui se ressemble s'assemble

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Prickly Pear

Collage, Framed w/ Barn Wood

 

Fall in the Berkshires

Collage

 

Ringneck Pheasant I

Collage

 

Ringneck Pheasant II

Collage

 

Peeps and Tweets

Collage w/ Acrylic

 

Reconciliation

Collage w/ Acrylic

 

Something Old, Something New

Collage

 

Blue

Collage

 

Buttercup #1

Collage

 

Himalayan Pheasant #1

Collage

 

Himalayan Pheasant #3

Collage

 

Kona Gold Pineapple

Collage

 

Lone Palm

Collage

 

Wild Sweet Orange

Collage

 

Birds of a Different Feather

Collage