Celia Abrams

Cerulean Arts Collective Member Celia Abrams
As a representational landscape painter, I collect places of inspiration and sublime beauty. Plein air painting makes me feel fully alive. This allows me to become immersed in an environment; discovering and learning from nature.
I primarily paint with oils on canvas and panel. My painting process is the same for portraiture and still life. The way I approach a painting is to spend a long time looking to find a view that captivates me; such, that I cannot look away. It may take hours. It is the beginning of a relationship with a place or subject.
The excitement of starting the painting is intense. I am overwhelmed by color, light and possibilities for compositions. I take photos and begin drawing a brief sketch with graphite, marker or water color. I do a monochromatic underpainting before adding colors.
Although initially, all is unfamiliar, with repeat visits to paint on location, layers of visual understanding emerge. I experience a melding of vision with the spirit of a place. I may introduce people, buildings or animals into the work. I complete most of the painting on location, where I can use all that is around me for inspiration and reference. I will finish the painting in my studio over a period of days or longer.
Once a location inspires me, I return to paint at various times of day and in all seasons. A strong bond forms where a piece of me resides. My paintings are intimate reflections of places that become part of my life as a painter. I invite the viewer to experience these places in my paintings.
I had the privilege of studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Louis Sloan who I considered to me my mentor in Landscape Painting. The importance of truly seeing and understanding nature was the greatest lesson he imparted.  

Celia Abrams Resume 

Ridley Creek Beckons, oil on panel, 11" x 14"  Available 

Bridge Reflections, oil on panel, 8" x 10"  Available 

Autumn's Melody, oil on panel, 11" x 14"  Available 

Disappearing Cornfield, oil on canvas, 12" x 16"  Available 

Blanket of Snow, oil on canvas, 9" x 12"  Available 

Mystery of Crum Creek, oil on canvas, 8" x 10"  Available 

Ridley Creek Falls, oil on panel, 8" x 10"  SOLD