Studio #11: Ellen Joffe-Halpern
Whether I am painting figures, flowers, or landscapes, I think about the painting I am creating not how to document reality. I paint in the moment and hold the images that way. I transform what I see and experience into color, shape, pattern and line. I want to elicit a reaction to the painting because it creates a mood, brings back a memory, reminds one of the joy of color, and/or questions what art can convey about the familiar. Inspiration for my paintings comes from everything around me and from an on-going search to transcend the limits of time. All work is done from on-site sketches that are then transformed through a veil of memory, experience, and affection. I paint under the signature of Joffe, and work primarily with mixed media on paper.
I have worked for over thirty-five years in Berkshire and Bennington Counties as an artist, expressive art therapist, and teacher. I am a member of the NuArts Studio Group at 311 North St in Pittsfield. I received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts and a M.Ed in expressive art therapy from Lesley College. I studied for many years with Wallace Bassford while managing the North Truro School of Art. I have worked with all ages in a variety of treatment settings as an expressive art therapist and taught studio art at the High School and Community College levels. I have exhibited extensively throughout New England and I am a regular exhibitor in the First Fridays Arts Walk in Pittsfield.