Elaine Fraticelli is creating Conceptual Art
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patrons

$30
per month

Elaine Fraticelli

Artist Statement:

For me, painting is like catching air in a mason jar; as if breathing it in later can bring you back to the place it was taken from. I create visual depictions of complex concepts and emotions to preserve different experiences and create something new to look back on and analyze. I paint with the intent to create understanding and I aim to aid others in their own experiences through my artwork.

My Process:

I choose a broad idea or concept first, researching and recording everything I can about it. Certain words and phrases will then become images that I combine in different ways to create a composition that best represents my concept. Artistic Elements and Principles of Design are constantly considered and usually two or three thumbnails are created. Color is then added to the thumbnails to further refine the composition until one final sketch is created. I then explore and experiment with materials, practicing and honing skill and technique that’s then applied to the final piece.

Because I choose concepts from my own impactful life experiences, thinking, researching, and piecing a painting together takes an enormous amount of effort. My intent is not only to better mentally process my own experiences and emotions, but to visually offer that process to my viewers who may be going through similar situations.

“Art is a wound turned into light.”
~ Georges Braque

My Journey:

Art has been a huge part of my life for, basically, my entire life. From California, to Connecticut, to Montana where I got my Art degree, it’s basically consumed my life. I owe a huge part of my inspiration to my Grandma Judy who sat with me at her kitchen table and taught me to draw “m” shaped birds and sunglasses on the sun. My Grandma Judy is a completely self taught artist, specializing in oils and watercolors, and venturing into ceramics and photography in her later years. I remember her paintings hung up around the house, and somehow I acquired one that hung in my bedroom throughout high school. Even when our little family spent 8 years in Connecticut, each time we went back to visit our Grandparents, she would sit us down and make things with us. I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, and that’s what I became. I developed my skill through high school and graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree specializing in painting and drawing in December of 2016.

The very next month, on January 1st 2017, I narrowly survived the fatal car crash that took my partners life. I was driving us and two friends home through a snowy mountain pass when I slowly woke up in the Inpatient Stroke Rehab Unit in the hospital. I was groggy, loopy, in pain, and exhausted, with my Dad and my Sister on either side of me. They told me for the 20th time that I had been in a car accident and that my partner didn’t make it. They told me I had skull fractures that were millimeters from my carotid arteries which caused a stroke. It was thirteen days later. Driving home in the snowstorm, my car started to slide on ice into oncoming traffic. I swerved to miss a semi truck but must have lost control of the car and got t-boned by an SUV. My partner took the full force and passed away instantly. I survived with a collapsed lung, pelvic fractures, skull fractures, a missing tooth, and a stroke that affected my motor movements. I spent the rest of five weeks in the hospital learning how to function, and then the rest of the year learning how to walk again.

I still have a lifetime of recovery ahead of me, but I’ve learned some key lessons from my experiences. Some of these lessons are pretty universal, like self worth, and some are more personal to my grief and guilt of losing a loved one accompanied by a drastic physical change to my life. I had to come to the conclusion that my PTSD will not go away or “get better”, and by gaining the ability to function with it, I diminish it’s control over me and I can live my life. I had to learn that the pain of grief does not need to exist in order for my connection to him to exist and be valid. My partner taught me that I was worthy of what I wanted and that if I tried, I could get it. After he passed, I had to learn that his words were still true without him being here to continually reinforce them. I’ve decided, with my therapist’s enthusiastic support, to draw and paint these lessons and emotions, with the intent of possibly helping others with similar feelings.

The idea that images could be used in addition to various therapies to aid in someone’s mental/emotional growth, drove me to pursue art full time and begin this journey into the art world. By piecing together different images, textures, patterns, styles, designs, backgrounds, and subjects, with colors, abstractions, and other emotional triggers, I can create images that mirror life. I create visual depictions of complex concepts to encourage and inspire understanding. The biggest lesson my partner taught me in our short time together was that I am worthy. I am worthy of what I want, and I am worthy of life. Now it’s my turn to teach others.



Exhibitions:

During my undergrad at the University of Montana, I participated in several group jurried shows, and several solo pop-up shows around the campus. I participated in my Senior Thesis BFA Exhibition; Hello My Name Is with two three foot by six foot oil paintings on recycled door panels. I also had the opportunity to have my first solo exhibition at the E3 Convergence Gallery in Downtown Missoula, as well as several "First Friday" showings in coffee shops and businesses around town. Each first friday of the month, businesses in Missoula will don their walls with local art and schedule live music while viewers are invited to come enjoy the festivities (and free drinks usually).

After graduating December 2016 and after recovering from the accident, I began creating art centered around grief and healing. It was small at first, but has returned to my gallery size and quality. I've now had several solo First Friday shows around Missoula and have begun commission work for detailed portraits. 

I'm excited that I get to share my continued passion with my Patrons, no matter how little they are able to offer each month.



Financially supporting me in any way, no matter how little, helps me continue to create paintings and drawings of complex concepts and emotions, encouraging and inspiring understanding, changing thoughts, experiences, and lives.




Each benefit tier applies for the entire time you are a paid patron.

All patrons will be listed on my website and special messages posted online crediting YOU the patrons for helping me with my work. 



Connect with me!

Website: elainefraticelli.com
Instagram: @elainefraticelliart
Facebook: @elainefraticelliart
Twitter: @fraticelliart
Reddit: u/elainefraticelli

Tiers
Believer
$1 or more per month 3 patrons

Become a Believer today and receive:


-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU!

Supporter
$5 or more per month 0 patrons

Become a Supporter today and receive:

- 50% Credit towards purchases whenever you'd like! Contact me to find out how much you've got. (Your "lifetime support" to me divided in half = your credit towards new purchases)

- A seasonal greeting card personally sent out to friends, family, and patrons. Welcome to my family!


 And everything from the previous tier:


-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU!

Hero
$20 or more per month 0 patrons

Become a Hero today and receive:


- FREE products upon release such as, a free sticker, pin, other "merch", or poster print! (Excludes giclee prints and original artworks) A notice will be sent out before they are automatically shipped to you for no extra charge. Please respond to the notice if you do NOT want your product.

- A personal critique of your product if you are another artist or creator, and a free tutorial lesson of your choice! (Oil Painting, Realistic Drawings, Lights and Darks, Figure Drawing, Symbolism in Art, Composition, Developing a Process)


And everything from the previous tiers:


- 50% Credit towards purchases whenever you'd like! Contact me to find out how much you've got. (Your "lifetime support" to me divided in half = your credit towards new purchases)

- A seasonal greeting card personally sent out to friends, family, and patrons. Welcome to my family!

-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU! 

Collector
$50 or more per month 0 patrons

Become a Collector today and receive:


- FREE original artwork ranging from elaborate sketches to full detail drawings. Whatever I've been working on, collect pieces of the process, personal musings, and artistic expressions that I make during my studio time (or boredom at work lol). These drawings can range from $10 - $150 in worth and are so worth your investment. These can also take one to two months to create and deliver, and a notice will be sent out prior to shipping it to you for free. If you do NOT want the specific drawing, please respond to the notice.


And everything from the previous tiers: 


 - FREE products upon release such as, a free sticker, pin, other "merch", or poster print! (Excludes giclee prints and original artworks) A notice will be sent out before they are automatically shipped to you for no extra charge. Please respond to the notice if you do NOT want your product.

- A personal critique of your product if you are another artist or creator, and a free tutorial lesson of your choice! (Oil Painting, Realistic Drawings, Lights and Darks, Figure Drawing, Symbolism in Art, Composition, Developing a Process)

- 50% Credit towards purchases whenever you'd like! Contact me to find out how much you've got. (Your "lifetime support" to me divided in half = your credit towards new purchases)

- A seasonal greeting card personally sent out to friends, family, and patrons. Welcome to my family!

-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU! 

Goals
$30 of $100 per month
When I reach $100 per month I'll be able to start making FREE pins and stickers for you guys, my patrons about every two months. Pin ideas include themes from recent works, an ambigram of Believe and Create, and other encouraging things for family and friends, artists, and creators. Share my Patreon page with all your friends! The more the merrier! Plus you know you want all the perks that come with being the different tiers, don't lie. 
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Elaine Fraticelli

Artist Statement:

For me, painting is like catching air in a mason jar; as if breathing it in later can bring you back to the place it was taken from. I create visual depictions of complex concepts and emotions to preserve different experiences and create something new to look back on and analyze. I paint with the intent to create understanding and I aim to aid others in their own experiences through my artwork.

My Process:

I choose a broad idea or concept first, researching and recording everything I can about it. Certain words and phrases will then become images that I combine in different ways to create a composition that best represents my concept. Artistic Elements and Principles of Design are constantly considered and usually two or three thumbnails are created. Color is then added to the thumbnails to further refine the composition until one final sketch is created. I then explore and experiment with materials, practicing and honing skill and technique that’s then applied to the final piece.

Because I choose concepts from my own impactful life experiences, thinking, researching, and piecing a painting together takes an enormous amount of effort. My intent is not only to better mentally process my own experiences and emotions, but to visually offer that process to my viewers who may be going through similar situations.

“Art is a wound turned into light.”
~ Georges Braque

My Journey:

Art has been a huge part of my life for, basically, my entire life. From California, to Connecticut, to Montana where I got my Art degree, it’s basically consumed my life. I owe a huge part of my inspiration to my Grandma Judy who sat with me at her kitchen table and taught me to draw “m” shaped birds and sunglasses on the sun. My Grandma Judy is a completely self taught artist, specializing in oils and watercolors, and venturing into ceramics and photography in her later years. I remember her paintings hung up around the house, and somehow I acquired one that hung in my bedroom throughout high school. Even when our little family spent 8 years in Connecticut, each time we went back to visit our Grandparents, she would sit us down and make things with us. I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, and that’s what I became. I developed my skill through high school and graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree specializing in painting and drawing in December of 2016.

The very next month, on January 1st 2017, I narrowly survived the fatal car crash that took my partners life. I was driving us and two friends home through a snowy mountain pass when I slowly woke up in the Inpatient Stroke Rehab Unit in the hospital. I was groggy, loopy, in pain, and exhausted, with my Dad and my Sister on either side of me. They told me for the 20th time that I had been in a car accident and that my partner didn’t make it. They told me I had skull fractures that were millimeters from my carotid arteries which caused a stroke. It was thirteen days later. Driving home in the snowstorm, my car started to slide on ice into oncoming traffic. I swerved to miss a semi truck but must have lost control of the car and got t-boned by an SUV. My partner took the full force and passed away instantly. I survived with a collapsed lung, pelvic fractures, skull fractures, a missing tooth, and a stroke that affected my motor movements. I spent the rest of five weeks in the hospital learning how to function, and then the rest of the year learning how to walk again.

I still have a lifetime of recovery ahead of me, but I’ve learned some key lessons from my experiences. Some of these lessons are pretty universal, like self worth, and some are more personal to my grief and guilt of losing a loved one accompanied by a drastic physical change to my life. I had to come to the conclusion that my PTSD will not go away or “get better”, and by gaining the ability to function with it, I diminish it’s control over me and I can live my life. I had to learn that the pain of grief does not need to exist in order for my connection to him to exist and be valid. My partner taught me that I was worthy of what I wanted and that if I tried, I could get it. After he passed, I had to learn that his words were still true without him being here to continually reinforce them. I’ve decided, with my therapist’s enthusiastic support, to draw and paint these lessons and emotions, with the intent of possibly helping others with similar feelings.

The idea that images could be used in addition to various therapies to aid in someone’s mental/emotional growth, drove me to pursue art full time and begin this journey into the art world. By piecing together different images, textures, patterns, styles, designs, backgrounds, and subjects, with colors, abstractions, and other emotional triggers, I can create images that mirror life. I create visual depictions of complex concepts to encourage and inspire understanding. The biggest lesson my partner taught me in our short time together was that I am worthy. I am worthy of what I want, and I am worthy of life. Now it’s my turn to teach others.



Exhibitions:

During my undergrad at the University of Montana, I participated in several group jurried shows, and several solo pop-up shows around the campus. I participated in my Senior Thesis BFA Exhibition; Hello My Name Is with two three foot by six foot oil paintings on recycled door panels. I also had the opportunity to have my first solo exhibition at the E3 Convergence Gallery in Downtown Missoula, as well as several "First Friday" showings in coffee shops and businesses around town. Each first friday of the month, businesses in Missoula will don their walls with local art and schedule live music while viewers are invited to come enjoy the festivities (and free drinks usually).

After graduating December 2016 and after recovering from the accident, I began creating art centered around grief and healing. It was small at first, but has returned to my gallery size and quality. I've now had several solo First Friday shows around Missoula and have begun commission work for detailed portraits. 

I'm excited that I get to share my continued passion with my Patrons, no matter how little they are able to offer each month.



Financially supporting me in any way, no matter how little, helps me continue to create paintings and drawings of complex concepts and emotions, encouraging and inspiring understanding, changing thoughts, experiences, and lives.




Each benefit tier applies for the entire time you are a paid patron.

All patrons will be listed on my website and special messages posted online crediting YOU the patrons for helping me with my work. 



Connect with me!

Website: elainefraticelli.com
Instagram: @elainefraticelliart
Facebook: @elainefraticelliart
Twitter: @fraticelliart
Reddit: u/elainefraticelli

Recent posts by Elaine Fraticelli

Tiers
Believer
$1 or more per month 3 patrons

Become a Believer today and receive:


-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU!

Supporter
$5 or more per month 0 patrons

Become a Supporter today and receive:

- 50% Credit towards purchases whenever you'd like! Contact me to find out how much you've got. (Your "lifetime support" to me divided in half = your credit towards new purchases)

- A seasonal greeting card personally sent out to friends, family, and patrons. Welcome to my family!


 And everything from the previous tier:


-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU!

Hero
$20 or more per month 0 patrons

Become a Hero today and receive:


- FREE products upon release such as, a free sticker, pin, other "merch", or poster print! (Excludes giclee prints and original artworks) A notice will be sent out before they are automatically shipped to you for no extra charge. Please respond to the notice if you do NOT want your product.

- A personal critique of your product if you are another artist or creator, and a free tutorial lesson of your choice! (Oil Painting, Realistic Drawings, Lights and Darks, Figure Drawing, Symbolism in Art, Composition, Developing a Process)


And everything from the previous tiers:


- 50% Credit towards purchases whenever you'd like! Contact me to find out how much you've got. (Your "lifetime support" to me divided in half = your credit towards new purchases)

- A seasonal greeting card personally sent out to friends, family, and patrons. Welcome to my family!

-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU! 

Collector
$50 or more per month 0 patrons

Become a Collector today and receive:


- FREE original artwork ranging from elaborate sketches to full detail drawings. Whatever I've been working on, collect pieces of the process, personal musings, and artistic expressions that I make during my studio time (or boredom at work lol). These drawings can range from $10 - $150 in worth and are so worth your investment. These can also take one to two months to create and deliver, and a notice will be sent out prior to shipping it to you for free. If you do NOT want the specific drawing, please respond to the notice.


And everything from the previous tiers: 


 - FREE products upon release such as, a free sticker, pin, other "merch", or poster print! (Excludes giclee prints and original artworks) A notice will be sent out before they are automatically shipped to you for no extra charge. Please respond to the notice if you do NOT want your product.

- A personal critique of your product if you are another artist or creator, and a free tutorial lesson of your choice! (Oil Painting, Realistic Drawings, Lights and Darks, Figure Drawing, Symbolism in Art, Composition, Developing a Process)

- 50% Credit towards purchases whenever you'd like! Contact me to find out how much you've got. (Your "lifetime support" to me divided in half = your credit towards new purchases)

- A seasonal greeting card personally sent out to friends, family, and patrons. Welcome to my family!

-  Patreon post access that does NOT go out to other social media websites (studio visits, progress pictures, project updates, process videos, announcements and more)!

- Direct access to new artwork and other products (stickers, pins, prints, etc).

- Directly connect with me via social media, email, or text messages. I'd love to keep in contact!


My most sincere THANK YOU!