Jaime Ellsworth enjoys working in series portraying relationships, discovery, and contrasts. She creates visual situations from everyday experiences and observations. Although Ellsworth begins with a clear idea of what she is trying to achieve, the paintings actually emerge from what she already knows and what she learns along the way. Each new series directs the path she takes, and Ellsworth welcomes the journey wholeheartedly.
The artist's vision and presentation starts with a simplification of reality. The process is reductive, starting with essential forms and minimizing them to their bare elements. Ellsworth builds her paintings of many thin layers of oil bar (high-quality pigments blended with waxes and refined linseed oil), starting with a limited palette of bold colors on large canvases or wood panels. Subsequent layers allow the underpaint to peek through, while transparent glazes give the final surface a subtle tint.