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    A Discussion With Ellie Caeti

    Interior Design Meets Impressionism

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     Tell us about your background and how you got into painting?

    I’m a Londoner at heart but absolutely love the feeling of escapism which one can find when painting. I was always labelled the daydreamer at school and I suppose most of my work depicts landscapes which have a dream-like quality. The majority of my pieces focus on scenes from both Guernsey and Sicily, as I feel a strong attachment to the beauty of both islands – my fiancee is from Guernsey and my father is Sicilian.

    As each island has its own interesting local stone buildings, unique coastlines and wonderful silhouettes of arid varieties of plant, creating works with these elements takes my focus away from the city and into the magic of island life. I think holidays and escapism have often been associated with my work and I am happy to think they could transport the viewer to another time or place!

    I do not remember a time when I realised I “got into painting” I’ve always felt a compulsion to stop whatever I’m doing so I can rush home and paint.

    Can you share a little about your painting process and technique?

    I tend to get several ideas from walking by the sea and creating sketches and photographs of views I find appealing. I’m very drawn to strong lighting and the contrasts which form between sunlight and shadow. From here, exploring different colour combinations which can be created within both the light and dark areas of a painting is critical to my work.

    I spend a lot of time thinking about a palette and how to create the most joy within a painting by using a harmonious colour scheme.

    When I get back to the studio, the fun begins as I consider the placement of the hues which will tell a certain story in my landscape. The relationship between colours fascinates me as I truly believe that colour can only be seen when another one is placed next to it.

    From here I build up layers and layers of paint in order to explore all the tones which can be found within what seemingly looks like a solid area of the piece. This part can be quite wild and I enjoy how it adds a looseness to the end piece of work.

    I would say the technique of my oil paintings is impressionistic but I am hugely influenced by the blurry shapes and curved forms which can be found in Mid-century pieces. Overall my paintings probably fall somewhere between Abstract and Impressionism.

    What influences your painting? 

    In the day I am an Interior Designer for a firm who restore listed buildings and country houses. This work heavily influences my paintings as I am always thinking of how the end piece will look within an interior setting. I am often inspired by the schemes I am putting together and find that the combination of designing and painting go hand-in-hand. I am incredibly fortunate to see some remarkable pieces of art, textiles and sculpture when sourcing for projects or visiting sites – these are all quietly feeding the imagination.

    I guess I take inspiration from all around me, everyday. I think this must be what daydreamers are really doing when they appear to be staring into space!

    What inspires you in the art world? Are there any artists you admire?

    Ivon Hitchens has the most outstanding sense of colour form and space. I think about his work a lot when it comes to palette, placement and bold spacing within a piece.

    Sorolla, Van Gogh and Monet are of course the masters of Impressionism and I can get lost for hours in their work.

    My Life In Art – Ellie Caeti

    • First piece of art you bought

    I am struggling to remember the very first piece but it may have been a very small oil painting of the most divine orange and pink- coloured French rooftops by the glass engraver, Sally Scott. It sits on a shelf in my flat in Putney and makes me so happy every time I look at it!

    • If you could own any piece of art (even if you have to rob a bank or museum!) what would it be and why?

    David Hockney’s Portrait Of An Artist– this one probably explains itself, but a fantasy coloured dreamy landscape AND a pool? Yes please!