Saturday, October 21, 2017

Changes... Before and After

Sometimes things need to change.  The first image was derived from thoughts on the Efficient Frontier, a reference to finance calculations and the Golden Mean.  It never quite gelled and last year it morphed into "In All Probability."  It became more subtle and incorporated elements of still life.  It played with balance and scale.  It allowed me to build still life on the canvas instead of carefully staging all the elements on a table.  And it became a new trajectory for my work.

I have enjoyed the playfulness and freedom this approach allows and have started another using an older canvas and breathing new life into it.

This "before and after" is a bit more dramatic in its transition.  I reworked the background into more subtle bands of color and added objects one by one, always cognizant of balance.  The objects in the new work reference the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.  It's not finished, but is well on its way.

January 21, 2018 update 

February 4 update

Monday, August 21, 2017

A 35th Anniversary Celebration: Ann & Jim

This painting began a year ago in Colorado where I met Ann and Jim.  He learned that I was a painter and put his subtle request on a post-it note asking if I might do a painting for their anniversary.  It was nearly a year in the making and was revealed to Ann today, just after the solar eclipse!
Happy Anniversary, Ann and Jim!  I hope you enjoy this painting "from this day forward!"

Ann and Jim: 35th Anniversary, 2017, technique mixte on linen, 30" x 40"

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


Jane Ellefson
Teach Us to Number Our Days
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.