WAAM is pleased to present our exclusive interview with Elaine Ralston, a Hudson Valley artist whose work in pastels is inspired by the beauty of nature.
WAAM: How would you describe yourself?
Elaine: I am a human being who tries to be consciously aware of what is going on around me. I find it hard to describe myself because what I would like to be hasn’t yet manifested. I have a love for arts and animals and feel there is more to life than what we see. I love beauty in all its forms.
WAAM: Are you a Hudson Valley native? If not, what brought you here and how long ago?
Elaine: No. The beauty of the area brought me here in the 70’s
WAAM: What & why do you create?
Elaine: It is in my nature to create and I feel my purpose to honor that calling. Creating is a process that goes with the flow of the universe and not creating causes stagnation. I create in every area of my life that I can. Specifically at this time I express best with pastels. The brilliance of the pure colors and their application motivates me. I have enjoyed working with other mediums as well but currently am more prolific in the pastel medium.
WAAM: What is your sustaining inspiration?
Elaine: The essence of beauty in all things calls to me to witness and speak for it. It is a spiritual holistic experience of nature that is hard to describe. It is a sensitivity to the world around me that drives me.
WAAM: Do you have a job to support your art? How is it relevant?
Elaine: Not at the present time. When I was a Pastry Chef I created what I considered “food art” and had worked in advertising creating presentations so at those times I was supported by my art.
Thank you Elaine!
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