I was born in New York City and live, worked, and studied there until twelve years ago. During that time I attended grade school, college, and took courses at The Art Students League. I maintain a close connection with New York as my family is there as are my art interests and connections. I have recently acquired a studio in Brooklyn, at 360 Furman Street, where I live and work most weekends.
I moved to Groton, MA, in 1995 as my husband teaches at The Groton School. He is an archaeologist with The British School at Athens and we spend five months of each year in Greece. We spend the spring in Athens and the summer at my husband’s excavation that is in Eastern Crete. There I do drafting for the dig and painting for my clients and myself.
For six years I have studied at the Paul Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting in Manchester, NH, an atelier stressing classical academic training from charcoal drawing of plaster casts to figure drawing and portraiture in oils. Paul studied with R. Ives Gammell of ‘The Boston School’ and carries the tradition on to us. My studio is in Lowell, MA, in an old mill building renovated into studios and called The Western Avenue Studios.
I have sold my portraits in Athens and Crete, London, Exeter, and Bibury in the United Kingdom, and in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Greenwich, CT, and Chester, NH.
My interest is in portraiture.
Art Renewal Center Competition, 2007 - Finalist
The Elaine and James Hewitt Award for oil painting-Audubon Artists, Oct. 2011
Honorable Mention, Guests Gallery, "2010 Work of the Year"
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 2010
Art Students League
Portrait Society of America
Guild of Boston Artists - Associate
National Arts Club
American Artists Professional League
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc.
Eleanor Sackett's striking portraits stand as a testament to her sharp eye and excellent draughtsmanship. Coming to portraiture through life drawing during her early studies, Sackett is a representational artist with immense technical skill in the use of tone, line, color, composition and oils. Her paintings are not, however, photorealist. While not wishing to distort faces and features, Sackett gets to know her subjects and engage with them, imbuing the portrait with her subject's personality. It is this that gives the portraits their power. Using strong natural light, her diffuse brushstrokes create a luminous, almost classical feel to many of her works. A sophisticated palette adds to this air, allowing the surface to hold an immense amount of depth. More than anything else, her paintings hold an understated beauty, which Sackett is gratified by when her subjects recognize it in her work.