Eleanor Himel

Eleanor Himel

Port Washington, NY, United States

About Eleanor Himel

Time spent in Japan gave me an appreciation for the simplified design that is indigenous to that country. It has affected the way I look at art, architecture and fashion, as well. The art of the Arctic Inuit people, which features a subject from nature surrounded by one color, has inspired some of my work. The moods and colors of the ocean beaches have been a constant source of inspiration. Memories of watching waves cascading onto the shore and then receding are entwined with the scent of salt water. The emotional essence of each locale is reflected in contrasting layers of bright paint. The parklands of Ontario, with their peaceful flat landscapes and giant uninhabited lakes, have also been subjects of my paintings. It is a pleasure to sketch and be enveloped in the stillness of the woods, rocks and shimmering water. The works of Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence and the Canadians, Lawren Harris and Jack Bush, have helped me to develop my own view of these beloved areas. I am also an admirer of the British artist, John Hoyland.

Education

A native New Yorker currently living in Port Washington, Long Island, I studied art at Hunter College, New York University and with the artist, Paul Wood. I have enjoyed showing my work at group shows in New York City and the tristate area. I had two solo shows at the Adler Gallery in Port Washington, N.Y.