Elaine Rittler Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement Hello and welcome to my online galleries! Please enjoy browsing through the extensive variety of subjects, including The Finger Lakes and Thousand Island regions of New York State and reproductions of the masters. I loved to draw as a teen and kept my hand in art over the years. Then, I began my art career in earnest about thirteen years ago and today am able to devote full time to my work. I have had the pleasure of being in many shows and fairs including a month-long solo exhibition. I’ve also enjoyed completing several commissioned pieces including dog portraits and house renderings. The mediums I use are oils (water-mixable), colored pencil and graphite. My style would be considered "realism" and I do enjoy the challenge of painting realistically. I'm inspired to create art from that which holds beauty for me - beautiful sunsets, lakes, rivers, flowers, pets, nature scenes and portraits - or anything that captures my attention including my own imagination. I enjoy trying to render in my art the beauty or that special quality I see in my subjects. It is my hope that my work moves the viewer emotionally and/or brings a feeling of peace and tranquility. If it does, then I've done my job. Thanks for stopping by! And be sure to keep checking back, as I will continue to add new pieces.