For me, painting is like catching air in a mason jar; as if breathing it in later can bring you back to the place it was taken from. I create visual depictions of complex concepts and emotions to preserve different experiences and create something new to look back on and analyze. I paint with the intent to create understanding and I aim to aid others in their own experiences through my artwork.
Elaine Fraticelli (Fra-ti-che-lee) grew up in Susanville, California surrounded by pine trees that sound like water in the wind. Her Grandmother, Judy Fraticelli, taught her how to draw from an early age and instilled in her an interest and appreciation for art to last a lifetime. Leaping from East Granby, Connecticut, to Kalispell, Montana, and finally to Missoula, Fraticelli completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Montana.
Traveling from coast to coast, Fraticelli has come to value the significance of nature in relation to human living environments and the greater existence of human beings. When a study abroad program took her overseas to Venice Italy for studies in art, language, culture, and theater, she discovered how uniquely important environment is to the culture existing within it. Her paintings now include strong relationships between the subject and it's environment, while flat spaces of rich color are often in contrast with detailed subjects or textured mediums and patterns.
Each of Fraticelli's paintings and occasional sculptural works are based on abstract concepts or emotions. Recent and past unexpected life experiences have led her to use her newfound knowledge with difficult emotions to fuel her art practice. Mental illnesses, bereavement, life changes, and personal relationships are prevalent themes in her work. She aspires to encourage her viewers, including herself, to remember and believe that you are worth every ounce of effort it takes to get through whatever you're facing in life. Always.
I choose a broad idea or concept first, researching and recording everything I can about it. Certain words and phrases will then become images that I combine in different ways to create a composition that best represents my concept. Artistic Elements and Principles of Design are constantly considered and usually two or three thumbnails are created. Color is then added to the thumbnails to further refine the composition until one final sketch is created. I then explore and experiment with materials, practicing and honing skill and technique that’s then applied to the final piece.
Because I choose concepts from my own impactful life experiences, thinking, researching, and piecing a painting together takes an enormous amount of effort. My intent is not only to better mentally process my own experiences and emotions, but to visually offer that process to my viewers who may be going through similar situations.
“Art is a wound turned into light.”
~ Georges Braque