Elaine Collett graduated from The University of Reading with a BA Hons in Fine Art, followed by a PGCE (ATC) from Goldsmiths College, University of London in the 1970’s. She then pursued a career in teaching, gaining experience in several secondary schools, ultimately as Head of Department.
She has lived in North Dorset since 1986, focusing for some years on family.
Since 2000 Elaine has returned to painting and has exhibited extensively with SCA, now WeSCA: Wessex Contemporary Arts.
Her work has been shown in selected group shows at The Black Swan, Frome, The Springhead Trust, Salisbury Playhouse, The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole, Walford Mill, Wimborne, The Slade Centre Gillingham, as well as Dorset Art Weeks.
She completed an MA in Fine Art at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, now The Arts University College at Bournemouth, in 2007
Elaine continues to teach, working for several years as a specialist art teacher in a primary school for boys with emotional and behavioural problems.
She is an art tutor for Dorset Adult Learning and organizes and runs drawing, painting and printmaking classes and workshops for adults.
Elaine Collett is a painter whose practice explores colour and the physical materiality of paint. Working primarily in acrylic but also in oil and mixed media.
Her practice is informed by an appreciation of painterly tradition and contemporary issues resulting in work that is usually abstract and responds directly to personal perceptions of landscape and environment; the rural, the urban and the interaction and influence of humanity on both.
Recent work has explored ‘Green’ within the rural environment, paintings that seek to embody feeling in their orchestration of colour, distillations of memory and experience the intention of which is to evoke resonance, recognition and contemplation.