Duane Eells, an L.A. born representational artist, paints portraits, figures and landscapes.
His mother, an oil painter, exposed him to the fine arts early, and enrolled him in painting and drawing classes at the age of 10. Eells studied art and design at California State University Northridge, Humboldt State University and Ventura College, as well as at a number of workshops throughout Southern California.
Eells spent many years in the study of academic drawing and painting in the classical tradition, and recently in contemporary art styles. He merges these disparate styles into his paintings which are a blending of representation and abstraction.
In his portraits, Eells captures the essence and emotion of those he paints. He uses bold and aggressive strokes that are tempered with an adherence to traditional drawing principles. His landscapes lean more towards abstraction than realism. He aims to capture the life and energy of the land he paints.
Eells works out of his studio in Ojai California.