Sometimes my work becomes “architectural” in feel, with an underlying grid-like structure. Exploration, discovery and a desire to communicate visually is what drives my passion for painting.
— Nell Curtis Tilton

As an instructor in abstract painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, local artist Nell Curtis Tilton advises her students to pay close attention to their surroundings. They’re not necessarily looking for scenes to portray, she reminds them, but for elements they might use on their canvases in less literal ways.

“You’re taking impressions and images and translating them in your own way through your painting,” Tilton says. New Orleans Homes