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Artist Spotlight- Elsa Carlson

By: Paige Terpstra

The piece above is freshman Elsa Carlson’s “Snail on a Leaf”. Carlson displays her amazing understanding of color, texture, and shape in this piece. She is able to convey a dynamic yet serene atmosphere through the use of stylized, gently curving brush strokes and cool colors. She describes her work in her own words:

“This painting was done with the purpose of conveying tranquility during rain. I am the type of person who loves rainy days because they give me a lot of peace. This painting was meant to show that by having a snail on a leaf with water droplets. Snails are creatures that tend to come out when it rains, so I thought that it would be a perfect subject for the painting. I use both realistic and abstract techniques in this piece. The snail is semi-realistic, but it has abstract colors. The background of the painting uses wide strokes with light, almost pastel colors, that give the viewer a sense of serenity. The wide strokes also give the painting a sort of "flow" that I was looking to show because they are similar to the highlights on the shell of the snail and on the leaves.”

Furthermore, Carlson says that she “loves to draw and create is definitely one of my passions, and I can't wait to improve and grow over the next few years.“

I, for one, look forward to seeing more work from this blossoming artist as she continues to create here at Wheaton North!

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