American painter Eden Compton was born in Texas and raised in Connecticut. She currently has a permanent studio in Saratoga Springs NY. Eden and her New Zealand born husband have spent many years in the yachting industry, managing private charter boats in the Caribbean and along the East Coast of the U.S.
Eden paints a variety of subjects and ranges from moody landscapes at sunset, rainy city streets and bustling, colorful markets. “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.”
Eden also paints portraits and accepts commissions for children, adult and pet portraits. She was the artist in residence at Hawk’s Cay Resort in the Florida Keys specializing in children’s portraits. Eden’s 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 Donald Journey, 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, Portrait Society of America and Florida Plein Air. She is also a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America and is an Associate Member with Distinction of American Women Artists.