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“Boots 1” Jamie Ellsworth

Jaime Ellsworth, artist and animal lover, creates simple-seeming scenes of every day moments. These scenes created by Jaime Ellsworth allow the viewer to imagine their own background story about what’s just out of view. One of the favorite subjects of Jaime Ellsworth is a black dog named Pagau. Pagau, a dog her daughter rescued in Beijing, China, has captured the heart of Jaime Ellsworth and for being such an amazing muse, she donates paintings to animal welfare societies. In her painting, Boots 1, Jaime Ellsworth captures Pagau the dog sitting just inside the closed door of a house. Pagau sits next to a discarded pair of rain boots in Jaime Ellsworth’s piece. On the brown and white checkerboard floor, the lone black dog sits looking to the outside world Jaime Ellsworth has created. The viewer is left to imagine what Pagau is pondering beyond the glass door in Boots 1 by Jaime Ellsworth.

Jaime Ellsworth has an amazing way of using strong and simple shapes when composing her paintings. Yet, upon closer inspection, one sees Jaime Ellsworth has not left the objects in her works flat or two-dimensional. There is texture and gentle shading to the forms achieved through using fine layers of strongly-colored oil bars to create the main forms, and then uses more layers, as Jaime Ellsworth describes the process, to “allow the under paint to peek through and transparent glazes give the final surface a subtle tint.” Jaime Ellsworth has perfected this layering technique, creating depth in her work that forms her striking signature style.

Incredibly, Jaime Ellsworth had been painting an imaginary black dog for about a year before her daughter brought Pagau home. Of the canine, Jaime Ellsworth says, “I began to observe and paint Pagau’s moments of contemplation and his story now unfolds visually through his discoveries.” Prolific in her work, Jaime Ellsworth has painted over sixty pieces in which Pagau is the subject. Here’s hoping Pagau continues to garner the attention of Jaime Ellsworth so we can watch the dog’s story continue in her delightfully cheery work.

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