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Ilana Manolson received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. Earlier, she studied at Goddard College and Dawson College.
In her large-scale she aims to capture all the vibrancy of nature with patience and an attention to detail that she attributes to her training to be a naturalist. ‘I look at the small to make sense of larger truths,’ she says.
Manolson starts each painting with a base layer of rich color before applying more translucent layers. Then, she selectively scratches and sands, to create a dimensional experience of luminosity, line, and texture.
‘My paintings, both objects and images, are a metaphor for change and the connection between seasonal transience and the mystical stillness at its center,’ she says.
In 2010, Manolson was awarded a Distinguished Artist and Teacher in Residence by the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Her work has been exhibited across the United States.