Elaine del cerro yau
Elaine Del Cerro Yau
Born in Worcestershire, England and educated at Cheltenham College of Art, Del Cerro reclocated to Washington, DC in 2002, where she currently lives and works from her home studio.
Del Cerro works primarily in oil on wax paper. She enjoys how the oil glides across the paper, as well as the strange simultaneous transparency and opacity of the medium. The brown color of the paper creates it's own sort of underpainting, helping define subsequent color values.
Her tools include brushes, her hands, pencil, and pens creating an aesthetically pleasing mixed media effect.
Del Cerro has always been drawn to academic portraiture and figurative work. Her subjects reflect the richness of her English and Chinese heritage.
Heavily influenced by the drawings of Degas, she loves the beginnings of works, often finding the finished artwork less interesting. Her first love is the pencil stroke. "...being able to see it in the finished product is stunning." - Elaine Del Cerro