Emilie Astell

Fine Art

The Path
The Path 8"x10"

Oil Landscapes

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Oil Still Life

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Pastel Landscapes

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Pastel Still Life

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Acrylic Still Life

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Acrylic Landscapes

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About the Artist

Emilie Astell at the 2014 Blackstone Valley PaintoutEmilie Astell is an artist working in oils, pastels, and acrylics. She concentrates on plein air paintings as well as working in her studio.

Her work has been accepted into a number of juried exhibits including the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Connecticut Pastel Society, Concord Art Association, and the Fitchburg Art Museum. She also participated in a three-person pastel show at the Princeton Art Society. She has exhibited with the Worcester County Plein Air group at Assumption College, the Gardner Area League of Artists, and the Orr's Island Artists group at various locations. Her paintings are in private collections and at the Ashland Public Library.

Astell attended the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I., where she was awarded a certificate in drawing and painting. She also studied at the deCordova Museum and with artists David Lussier, Richard McKinley, Jeanne Rosier Smith, and Stan Sperlak.

Prior to her painting career, Astell was a journalist with several daily newspapers including those in Worcester, MA, Bloomington, IL, and Madisonville, KY.

Astell has a bachelor's degree in political science and journalism. She is a native of New Jersey. For a number of years, she lived in the Midwest before relocating to Holden, MA, with her husband, John.

Artist’s Statement

Emilie AstellCommunication has been my lifelong passion from my earlier career in journalism to fine arts and painting. My goal is to engage viewers in the journey of discovery as they relate to shape, color and light in landscape and still life paintings.

For me, painting is the way I express how I feel about the world around me.

On sunny days outdoors or in the studio, ever changing light and shadow patterns cause me to reflect on the transience of appearances. Even on cloudy, windy days outdoors, I find the challenge of capturing the turbulence exhilarating.

My artistic adventure began in childhood when my sister showed me how to apply oil paint to her previously painted, but rejected, landscapes. Using one of her slightly worn brushes, I often turned her work upside down in order to begin my own drawing and subsequent painting. While I did not abandon painting altogether as I grew up, the need for a college education and a career took center stage. Still, on occasion, I returned to my artistic bent using various mediums to convey my feelings about a given subject.

After more than three decades meeting deadlines and responding to breaking news, I decided to return to my artistic roots. First, I sought technical knowledge as a way to eventually place more emphasis on the emotional side of art. This decision serves me well in the second leg of my journey as I continue to find inspiration in observing everyday objects and translating them into paintings.

While painting is a great joy, I also experience an almost childlike delight in roaming New England while looking for places to set up my easel and record what I see as well as what I feel about the scene. From observing to sketching and finally to painting, I travel through many phases of emotional connectedness to my work, culminating in a feeling of accomplishment at the end of a day.

Exhibits and Awards

Juried Exhibits

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Other Selected Exhibits

StrawberriesAwards

2012

2010


Her work is also in private collections.

Contact the Artist

ReflectionsThanks for visiting my website. If you want information about my work or are interested in purchasing a painting, please contact me by email.

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