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Artists of the Outback Creative - Eleonora Pulcini

Artists of the Outback Creative - Eleonora Pulcini

1)Who are your influences?

I’ve learned the basics of oil painting as a child back in Italy. My “maestro” was Vittorio Comez, a local artist living in the periphery of Rome. At 6 years old, all I knew, and I was inspired by, was his work. The way he used to paint running horse with a very rich tridimensional texture was something I couldn’t wait to try “when I grow up”. I lived in Rome for 24 years and I had the privilege to admire from close the work of the Italian Masters such as Caravaggio, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. The study of light is still something that really fascinates me nowadays. But I must admit that my influences are now more conceptual rather than technical: scientists, physician, philosophers, writers, mathematicians, and musicians are probably more responsible for what my “visual art’ looks like today.

This painting is available for purchase  - enquire at charles@outbackcreative.com.au

2) Where in Australian do you find is your best source of inspiration?

As an artist I find it almost impossible not to feel inspired by such a wonderful countryside as the Australian one. It’s a wild, natural beauty fulfilled with stunning colours and life. I live not too far from the Grampians National Park so as soon as I’m thirsty for inspirations I drive up there and spend few days admiring the spectacular views. I love how the vegetation changes according to the altitude, the games of sunlight through the forest. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed is that certain time at sunset when the sky is on fire and all the wildlife shows up to be admired. And right after that, a new painting follows! There are so many other places I go to when I need to clear my head and Great Ocean Road is one of them. The ocean and the sea life are also very inspiring for me.

Commissioned painting - not available for sale. 

3) Most difficult subject to capture/paint?

With a few years of experience I’ve now learned that the most difficult paintings to create are the ones which don’t speak to me on a deeper level. The ones I “don’t feel like painting”. For this reason, I’ve limited the number of commissions I take on board and I exclusively accept to paint what’s really inspiring for me to respect my passion and my customers. There is such thing called “Inspiration” which is what We artists listen to when we paint. When the inspiration is there everything feels so easy: the subject, the colours choice, the technique. Inspiration is one of those things that unless you have felt it at least once, you can be very sceptical about.

Not available for sale. 

4) What makes you start to create a piece and how do you know when you have finished?

INSPIRATION. Everything starts from there. It can be in the middle of the night, during a movie or even when you are painting another painting. There is a moment when you have to stop whatever you are doing and go and paint but do it when “it is there”! Most of the times for me is about expressing an emotion and having a vision of how to express it. A line from a song or a book, or even a scientific law echoes in my head during the all process or creation. I watch the painting developing on the canvas; initially is like throwing a thousand words on paper, hardy they make any sense, but I patiently try to “reorder” the mayhem of thoughts. My colours for me are my words. When I stop looking at the painting and I can finally j listen to what the image I created is saying to me I finally stop. I say I’m finished when the painting tells the story I want to tell.

Not available for sale. 

5) Any of your paintings you like in particular?

I’m proud of all the paintings I created but I’m certainly more attached to some rather than others. One of these is “Oro en Paz”, a painting I created for my solo exhibition in San Francisco, California. A Phoenix, in her eternal cycle of creating life out of death. She rises from her own ashes, over and over. In this piece the power of self-creation wins against the cold ocean. Fire and colours explosions, ashes turn into stardust. Life travel through space and time on her wings. This piece represents me and the moment I decided to start a new life on the other side of the world. It captures the fire I’ve had burning inside for so many years when I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t be an artist, I was doing what I didn’t love. Australia made it happen and that’s why Australia is one of my biggest inspirations in my new life as an artist.

Not available for sale. 

6) Most important tool?

My most important tools when I paint are my fingers. I use my fingers more than brushes. Oh, and a round palette knife to create some interesting textures.

Not available for sale. 

7) What would you like to achieve out of your art and where do you see yourself in a couple of years?

There is not a specific thing I want to achieve. I simply hope that I will always keep being true to myself and never let the business side of being a “successful artist” ruin the delicate balance of being an Artist. I hope that I will always have the same passion for what I do and that I’ll be still excited in front of a milky white canvas for many years to come.

If you would like to purchase one of Eleonora's paintings please click on link below. 

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