:: artist's statement
Elayne Seaman's works have been included in invitational group exhibits and one-artist shows in galleries and educational institutions in the United States and France. They are represented in private and public collections in the states and abroad including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. She has been invited to lecture on and demonstrate her unique approach to the scratchboard medium (known as scraper board in England, and carte a grater in France) in the Northeastern, U.S., and Paris and Bordeaux, France. Seaman has been artist-in-residence and presented workshops in elementary, middle, and high schools in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The art-publishing firm of Scafa-Tornebene commissioned her to create 12 scratchboard drawings for unlimited reproduction. She has also served as a consultant for non-profit art organizations, and as executive director of a multi-arts center.
In describing why she focused her fine-arts work primarily on scratchboard, (which she presents as inscribed painting) Seaman observed, "The medium and its unique qualities, allowed me to develop the way to indulge a love of line, detail, texture, and at the same time a love of color and fluidity. It is a method that permits the creation of a single piece of work that encompasses two visions and two interpretations of the same subject." Seaman's newest work is created on panel board, on which she can use the same method. She has found that panel board has some important advantages not available in traditional scratchboard.
"My verbal description can hardly do these paintings justice and no amount of wordplay can evoke their elegant and exquisite effects." Raymond J. Steiner, Art Times
"Aesthetically, she will guarantee a feast to the eye. And when all is said and done, she is quintessentially refined in her creative undertaking." James G. Shine, Kingston Daily Freeman