Liz Wolf and Ethelinda
Friday, October 6, 5:00 – 7:30
123 West Palace Avenue
"I've been enriched with a loving family and a mother who brought art from all over the world into my everyday life. Looking back at my childhood, I know that creative energies have always been with me. After receiving my BFA and MFA in Sculpture and living the majority of my life in Chicago, I moved to Santa Fe in 1997 where I still reside. The whole creative process is a mystery to me. Creative energies are always around me, some more obvious than others. I am always aware of my surroundings and I feel that I channel life into images through my artwork. The connection can be made through a visual experience, a voice, a word, listening to music, an inner feeling, my imagination or my soul. It's amazing how and why these images appear and take precedence. If only to capture my feelings and thoughts in a sculpture, that to me is the essence of being an artist. I continue to work with a wide range of materials, including clay, mixed media and bronze."
Ethelinda was born in Hawaii to an artistic family. Her mother, also an artist, studied with Nicolai Fechin and influenced Ethelinda's love of painting. Ethelinda says, "I have always painted, first sketching the characters of the books my grandmother read to me as a child."
Ethelinda studied art and English literature in college and went on to learn French in Switzerland. She traveled extensively, spending time in New York before settling in New Mexico. Ethelinda says, "Perhaps this is why my artwork is so diverse. I paint what is around me - right now, in New Mexico, it is horses. The most important aspect to me is to see subject matter and paint them in a manner in which they are not painted elsewhere."
Charlotte Berny in Focus/Santa Fe writes, "Ethelinda's vision transforms her subjects. She begins with things that are real - horses, Indians, fruits, flower - and then through some alchemy, recreates them as grander versions of themselves."
Ethelinda's work is shown at the Booth Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and the Nelson Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming.