Meet the artist: Eli Toledo
Current Hometown: Philadelphia, Penn.
Where can we see your work?
Minot Air Force Base or elitoledo.net
Do you have work for sale?
In what media do you work?
I work with acrylic, oil, watercolor, graphite, and charcoal.
How would you describe your style?
For my paintings, I would say I am more of an abstract artist, but I do love doing realism. With my photography, I am more of a landscape photographer.
Who would you say have been influences on your work?
I don’t have any particular person that influenced me. Every person, specifically artists have influenced my work in different ways.
Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?
I would really like to explore watercolor art more. I have only started using it recently and really enjoyed it so far. I am nowhere near learning everything about it.
What do you most enjoy about the creative process?
My favorite would be the whole process itself, from creating the sketches to putting in the final touches. I love seeing the progress. Making an empty canvas or a boring photo come alive by putting my artistic view is really what I enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a painter and a photographer. I am originally from the Philippines and moved to Philadelphia until I joined the military. Many of my artworks are from my travels and life experiences. Growing up in the Philippines has been the biggest influence on many of my artwork. We did not have a lot when I was growing up and we relied mostly on our imagination for our entertainment. Every time I work on a piece I would always keep this quote in mind whenever I work on a piece, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep,” by Scott Adams.