A selection of Ellie Boyd’s fine art portraits and oil landscapes will be on display in the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery in the Southbury Public Library from October 2nd - October 30th. Ellie is a classically trained portrait painter and an avid plein air artist living in Southbury, Connecticut. As a nine-year-old, Ellie ventured into a field in Georgia with a local artist to learn to sketch “en plein air” (outside). The influence of early art encounters continued during her college years at Sweet Briar College. Living in Paris her junior year, Ellie was able to study the old masters of Europe and the Impressionists first hand. Later she returned to figurative art studies in Detroit and New York, developing a career as a commissioned portrait painter and a plein air enthusiast.
“Art has always been a big part of my life. In the South, where I grew up, family heritage was an important aspect of family life. As a child, my portrait was painted by an established Atlanta painter, and I was immediately hooked on the process and the result -- a family heirloom. In my own work, I create landscapes and portraits that become treasured paintings.”
She has studied painting with a number of painters including Laurel Stern Boeck, Joseph McGurl, Sherrie McGraw, Colley Whisson, Duane Keiser, and James Coe. Ms. Boyd’s paintings hang in private collections in Boston, New York, Connecticut, Georgia and Ohio, and Washington, DC. In 2012, Ellie formed Pomperaug Outdoor Painters to promote plein air painting in the French tradition, and camaraderie with fellow painters in the area. Ellie enjoys teaching plein air painting and maintains a studio in Connecticut. The Southbury Library Gallery is Ms. Boyd’s first solo exhibit.
The exhibit will be open during regular library hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.