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Medium:Oil
Dimensions:24"  x 24"  x 2"
Weight:1 lbs
Delivery Format:2D Artwork
Additional Description:I painted most of this situation from life, with staged lighting. The precarious and unlikely balance was achieved by simply not painting some of the cards required for it to stand.
This painting is from my Faith series. I explored places we sometimes misplace our trust. The crash in 2008 prompted this image. There are several words scratched into the surface surrounding the cards: trust, stock market, security, volatile, fear and loss.
Artist StatementEilene Carver was raised in South Texas. She primarily works in oils, but often enjoys working in collage, pastel and charcoal. Her work has received awards and been included in regional & national exhibitions since 1986, including such venues as The Women's Museum of Dallas, Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin, Berkeley Arts Center, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the San Francisco MOMA, Artist's Gallery, formerly the Rental Gallery. Her work is in numerous private collections throughout the United States.

Eilene is an Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting at Collin College. She previously taught at Napa Valley College & the Richmond Art Center in California, in addition to conducting visiting artist workshops in Thailand & Russia. She loves interaction with students; encouraging their artistic growth through the development of techniques & self-expression.
Artist Biography“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. “- Aristotle

I have always seen art as a mirror which I can reflect my personal thoughts and observations.
I am most interested in portraying our human connection with everyday objects: through still-life's or the ‘domestic landscapes’ we inhabit.
I paint objects that have left an imprint, they signify my unique experience. Like the Dutch 'vanitas' painters, I love the use of symbolism to express narrative in a surreptitious manner.
Painting is my favorite form of communication. Whether a still-life, portrait or landscape, creating nuanced color palettes to portray the effects of light is ever-engaging for me.
Education
MFA University of California Berkeley|Graduated
BFA Baylor University|Graduated
What I Love Doing
Almost anything with my family; travel, hiking and exploring in general. I always want to know what’s around the next bend.
What I Find Beautiful
The ever-changing Texas skies; all of them, vibrant fiery sunsets, ominous dark clouds threatening hail and tornados and the hallmark Texas sky with puffy white clouds against a field of cerulean blue.
My Favorite Memory
My favorite memories are summer nights on the deck of my parent’s Hill Country cabin. So often even a warm breeze could bring a chill to my sunburned skin. We would all sit for hours, gazing at the milky way, pointing out constellations, as crickets and other wildlife sang. Some of the sweetest conversations and memories have been shared between multiple generations in that spot.
My Favorite Art Style
Realism from any period for the skill. Expressionism, though so different from my own work in style, I love they found it more important to express emotional experience over physical reality in their work. The artist’s I enjoy most from this period are Van Gogh, Klimt, and Munch.
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Artwork Medium Oil
Artwork Underlying Themes Faith - in a higher being, Faith - comfort of having faith, Life-altering experience, Loss
Creative Style Narrative, Realism, Still Life, Symbolic, Traditional
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Recipient No
Personality Type No
Subject Matter Religion & Spirituality, Other
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