American painter Eden Compton was born in Texas and raised in Connecticut. She currently has a permanent studio in Saratoga Springs NY and a floating studio aboard a 70 foot sailboat. Eden and her New Zealand born husband sail the Caribbean in the winter and New England in the summer.
“My extensive travel has sparked an interest in different types of subject matter ranging from rural landscapes to cityscapes to market scenes and figurative paintings. I am drawn to the patina of old buildings and small towns that still retain an aura of authenticity; rainy urban streets; colorful markets and colorful people. I am particularly drawn to people and scenes that embody the spirit of a given place whether it is the iconic lobstermen of New England, the weathered facades of an old New York neighborhood or the vibrant markets of the Caribbean. “
Eden paints both plein air and in the studio in oils and pastels. “My current work is an attempt to synthesize memory painting based on observation with my plein air studies and on site drawings which can only be done in the studio. I am exploring visual expressions of poetic concepts rather than literal interpretations of a scene. To that end I am experimenting with different methods of direct and indirect painting techniques to achieve a rich and layered effect which I hope results in a compelling work of art.”
Her formal art education began with a BA in Art History from Colgate University and independent courses at the International Center for Photography in NYC. She has studied with Master Pastelist Doug Dawson and taken workshops with nationally known artists such as Alan Flattman, Lois Wooley and Colin Page among others. Her award winning work has been included in national juried shows including the Catherine Lorillard Society, Salmagundi and the International Pastel Society as well as numerous regional and local shows. She is a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Cape Cod Pastel Society and Florida Plein Air. She is also a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society and Oil Painters of America.