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About the Artist

Idell Weiss paints in diverse styles and with varied media. Her work may be described as “landscapes—representational and otherwise”. Her early works were primarily traditional landscapes in oil, and later she began to include emotionally inspired abstractions from the environment at large, employing not only oil, but also acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. Although much of her work represents the natural world, her city scenes tend to incorporate the natural surroundings as well. She works concurrently in both representational and non-representational modes.

Idell is a member of San Francisco Women Artists, The National League of American Penwomen, and The Society of Western Artists.

Illustrations of her work are found in the following books, all of which are published by Alcove Books:

American Art Collector, Juried Competition of New Work, 2007, nationwide competition
American Art Collector, Western States, 2006, juried competition
American Art Collector, Western States, 2005, juried competition
Art of Northern California, 2003, two page display, juried competition

Artist Statement

My initial emotional response to the relationship of parts within such diverse settings as landscape, cityscape, or inert abstract objects provokes the beginning of a new work. From this start, I select medium, coloration, and texture which strike me as most appropriate for the subject and then begin to develop images by modification, selection or rejection. As I continue to work, I tend, somewhat unintentionally, to let the piece itself, whether it is in paint or mixed media, lead me in a direction that suggests movement or an emotion. I believe that my abstract pieces, as well as my representational landscapes, tend to imply motion and/or organic material.

I have an undeniable attraction to the natural landscape, especially the more rugged vistas prevailing in high altitude locations, and this appeal frequently is reflected in my choice of subject matter, although I also am drawn to the kaleidoscopic nature of city views, especially those in San Francisco.

Because of its tactile and viscous quality, oil paint has tended to remain my favorite medium, although I also work in acrylic, collage, mixed media, and watercolor. I enjoy the unpredictability of working over textured surfaces or incorporating found objects. I work in any or all of these media simultaneously and become absorbed by whichever medium and style I am currently using on a project.

Pt. Reyes Coast
oil, 12x16

Lake Merced, AM
watercolor, 11x15

North on Divisadero
oil, 18x24

Natural Dam
oil, 22x30

Spahats Falls, BC
oil, 30x22

Mendocino Headlands
oil, 28x22

Tioga Pass
oil, 28x22

Impending Storm
oil, 18x24

Big Sur Coast
oil, 30x24

North on 11th Avenue
oil, 34x34

Popular Vantage
oil, 30x20

French Alps IV
oil, 20x24

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