Original Mixed Media Painting on Paper by John & Elli Milan at Smith Galleries #157951, a photo by Smith Galleries on Flickr.
John and Elli Milan met in Hawaii while Elli was still in high school and John was "beach bumming". Deciding early to make a career as artists, they enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design and later transferred to the University of Georgia where they received their BFA in painting. It was in this small, but vital city, that the couple developed personal styles and began showing their work in local galleries.
After graduation the couple worked independently but began dreaming about working together. Today, they live their dream and the Milans create their paintings together. Although John and Elli are both accomplished artists on their own, this collaboration brings out a side of their work that neither could reach by themselves. The couple says that the Spirit of God inspires their work and allows them to create together and maintain a uniﬁed vision. The end result is aggressive and spontaneous layers of paint which create a bright and playful scenario that is interwoven with hints of narrative.
Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head at mile marker 10.5 on William Hilton Parkway. The gallery is open year round from 10-6 Monday through Saturday. Call 800.272.3870 for additionl information.