“Who we were as children, before we became utilitarian, is very much a part of all of us. It’s always there in our imaginations, and those moments when we feel carefree and playful. When we expose those moments, it’s a powerful reminder of the child within each of us and the connection to our true selves, removing the layers we build around us in our adult lives. Being true to who we are makes us happier people.
My fascination with these ideas are the underpinnings running through my work, and rule my exploration of the free-thinking nature of childhood, and all the loose and beautiful ways of seeing and imagining the world. Avoiding grownup rules, with no fixed realities, I paint to express moments of freedom that spark happy childhood feelings, and bring back playful moments and memories. Working directly from a source of inspiration, I get lost in time in each painting, emerging with a worked balance between staying true to the purity of the inspiration, and allowing my imagination to go further still.”
Below are a selection of Eleanor’s paintings alongside the inspiration behind them.
“'Seaside View' inspired by my daughter’s drawing at aged 7. She set her soft toy reindeer on her desk, added hair clips and jewels, and drew. She said "It's enjoying a seaside view on the edge of a cliff".
“'Daddy Daughter Day' here my daughter is on an outing under the protective wing of her Daddy, first going shopping to buy some new clothes, then to go for lunch together in her favourite restaurant.”
“'Birds Tea Party' the birds went off to find nice things to bring back for their tea party, cakes and cupcakes and tea.”
Life Drawing, a selection of Eleanor’s life studies looking at life in different ways.