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Ella Delyanis Creates Breathtaking Landscapes of Worcester County

Monday, July 15, 2013


Sudbury River Sunset by Ella Delyanis - oil

Ella Delyanis finds intriguing what many of us would find commonplace. Though the subjects she tackles in her art have changed from time to time through her long career, this fact has always remained true. Since her move to the greater Worcester area after attending art school at Boston University, her focus has been on natural landscapes. Indeed, one finds a gold mine available in Worcester for artists that wish to tackle the natural world, a gold mine that often goes unnoticed by the lay man.

The main materials she uses to creates her pieces are oils and pastels. But, after college, she initially found herself lost as to what subjects to tackle in her work.

"No longer were there models being provided for me," she says.

This soon changed however. She first discovered the power of landscapes while viewing the dunes on Plum Island in the mid 70s. She initially used this area as a subject to carry on the "abstract" and "surreal" work she had been doing in the studio, and that she learned in college.

"So, the first landscapes I did in pastel were fairly abstract," remarks the artist. But she soon discovered that she could allow the breathtaking scenes to speak for themselves. Nature comes with a built-in artistic flourish. No funny abstract tricks were ultimately necessary, as Delyanis explains.

"I was enthralled by beauty of the Worcester County landscape. I began to work outside more and more, and, over time, my drawings and paintings have become more realistic."

The Beauty of Worcester County

She had found her calling, and though the method by which she discovers and creates landscapes has changed through the years (she worked almost exclusively outdoors until the mid 1980s when she had children; since then she has largely worked from her own photos of the landscape), her fascination with landscapes, particularly those uniquely found in Central Mass (along with what she discovers on occasional trips to Cape Cod and Cape Anne), has continued to this day.

October Snow by Ella Delyanis - oil

"The designing of a painting or pastel usually begins for me with the discovery of an intriguing scene. I guess what I would say is that the space, light, and intricacies of the landscape continue to intrigue me; I get a “kick” out of capturing the essence of the scene; often that is the space and/or the light," says the artist about this interest.

When one has an eye for beauty, the potential for art found in nature can be infinite, especially in this area of the country.

"I have yet to feel that there is nothing left to do," she says.

"I don’t have any “grand” ideas for the future; for the time being I am happy to continue doing landscapes, although I am always thinking about a different “'ake' on the subject such as doing a landscape that is all reflections, or sky, or, most recently, of treetops."

Her next exhibition, at the Silver Circle Gallery in Putnam, CT, is currently in the planning stages and tentatively scheduled for next April. In addition to creating her own personal artwork, she teaches others in adult education classes at the Worcester Art Museum, and if interested you are encouraged to take part.

For more information on Ella Delyanis please visit her website.


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