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Brush Studies are my first painted response to a jazz composition. Every series begins here as I try to capture visually the sounds, movement and space I hear. It takes many studies to build the imagery for each group of paintings. For the Venezuelan Suite Series, there are over a hundred.

ELLEN PRIEST Jazz: Chick’s Chelsea Shuffle #3, Base-layer Study © 2004, Gouache on paper, 36” x 36”