Thursday, November 24, 2016

Small But Mighty

Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
January 3-26, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, January 12, 4:30-7:00 pm

This piece will be exhibited in Small But Mighty.
Exhibition juror: Aron Packer


Nest, 2014, oil on panel, 10" x 18"

Thursday, September 8, 2016

FutureYou: the Fall sermon series at Christ Church

If I Stay
If I Stay, 2016, acrylic with technique mixte on canvas, 12" x 12"
This piece is featured in the FutureYou exhibition at Christ Church, Lake Forest, IL, in conjunction with the 2016 Fall Sermon Series, FutureYou.  Exhibition dates: September 10 - October 23, 2016.

Artist Statement
If I Stay explores the dilemma posed by threatening circumstances: to stay with the familiar or to flee?  In this painting, a bird clings to its nest while fire rages all around it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

DEEP: an exhibition at Christ Church in conjunction with the fall sermon series

Teach Us to Number Our Days

Christ Church, Lake Forest, Illinois
September - October, 2015

Teach Us to Number Our Days, 2015, oil on panel

Link to the exhibition catalog: DEEP


ARTIST STATEMENT

Jane Ellefson
Teach Us to Number Our Days
 2015
Oil on panel

This is a painting about divine design, wisdom, and humility.  It depicts my father’s transition into eternity and is based on Psalm 90:12, “Lord, teach us to number our days aright so that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” and Proverbs 11:2, “With humility comes wisdom.”

God’s wisdom is evident throughout all creation and is woven into the intricacies of our lives – even to the moment of our death.  The superimposed grid and spiral reference the mathematical Golden Mean (aka Divine Proportion), which is echoed in the spiral of the shell.  This work references Lamentation of the Dead Christ by Mantegna.

Andrea Mantegna, Lamentation of the Dead Christ, tempera on canvas, c. 1480
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

VIEW: The Kitchen Table


North Shore Art League
620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093
Opening Reception: February 5, 2015, 6:30-8:00 pm
Show Dates: February 5 - March 16

 Two of my paintings will be exhibited in this show.

One Tomato, 2013, oil on linen panel, 6 x 6, $800

Persimmons on a Pewter Plate, 2014, oil on panel, 9 x 12, $1500

Friday, December 5, 2014

Barcelona 2014


It was the trip of a lifetime!  40 years ago I lived in Barcelona - just one block from the Sagrada Familia.  I returned to this amazing city for a two-week trip this fall.  
Click here to see the book of our adventures.

Bill and Jane Ellefson, Tom and Jan Rowe
La Sagrada Familia
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy
 
Antoni Gaudí, Casa Batlló, Barcelona


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A beautiful tribute to Steve Jones

Steve Jones and I have been officially retired for a few months now and it is still a bit difficult to believe that the ride is over.  I'd like to share this wonderful reflection on Steve's career... kudos to Michael Kreuser, Steve's son-in-law, who put it all together!
Click here to see the video tribute to Steve. 


Friday, June 6, 2014

Steven Jones and Jane Ellefson: Hanging It Up

College of Lake County gallerists, Steven Jones and Jane Ellefson are retiring in June.  This farewell exhibit features still-life paintings by both artists.

Click here: CLC News Release: Hanging It Up


Grape Hyacinths with White Tea Jar, 2014, oil on panel

Blue Bag with Oranges, 2014, oil on panel

Persimmons on Pewter Plate, 2014, oil on panel

Pomegranates on a Dovetailed Box, 2014, oil on panel
Two Pomegranates in a Shadow, 2014, oil on panel


Click here to view the exhibition catalog

Friday, January 3, 2014

Portrait of Tom Rowe

In Autumn of 2012 I was commissioned to do a painting for Tom Rowe's 60th birthday.  It was, in a word, ambitious.  I was asked to capture the many facets of Tom - family man, Christian, structural engineer - on one canvas.  Here is the progress of that painting which was presented to Tom during his 60th celebration on December 29, 2013.  Happy Birthday, Tom!!
Still life set-up
Initial drawing
Studio with assembled still life  and drawing
Underdrawing on prepared linen panel
Greenish-umber imprimatura
Beginning glazes
More glazing