Elle Foley finds her greatest inspiration in the effects of light on the land, sea and sky that surround her. The clarity of light and its play on the rolling moors of Nantucket, the trees in Central Park, and the softly muted tones of light and color of the Tuscan countryside are the subjects of some of her most recent work.
Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1957, Foley started taking art classes at the Norwich Free Academy when she was in grade school. After NFA she attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art where she earned a degree in Fine Arts and the Boston Architectural Center for a degree in Architecture. She worked as an architect in New York City at the prestigious New York City firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. During this time, she began painting again with Frank Mason at the Art Students League. She prepares her own canvas, medium and varnishes using the techniques of the Old Masters.
Foley’s paintings have appeared in many one person and group shows, among them the Salmagundi Club, National Arts Club both in New York City, and the Oil Painters of America. Galleries in Nantucket & Acton, Massachusetts, & Palm Beach, Florida also represent her.
She teaches painting en plein air in Nantucket, and splits her time between Nantucket, New York City and Florida.
Today, Foley's work can be found in museum collections nation-wide, including Slater Museum, Norwich,Connecticut, and the Permanent Collection, Nantucket Artist Association, Nantucket, Massachusetts