The naturalistic yet romantic paintings of Eline Barclay capture the mysteries and essences of the natural world. A former Hudson Valley native and established regional painter, Barclay looks for places and themes in her work that evoke and inspire her dialogue with nature. In her current home and studio on Maine's Downeast coast, she has found exactly the right synthesis of emotion and space, light and atmosphere. There is a mood of elegy in her work, which reflects her deep concern for a threatened ecosystem. Her paintings radiate a primal, essential feeling for the landscape wherein the manmade is subservient to a natural world full of soft light and gentle highlights - drama without horror or disaster, power without overstatement, deep feeling without sentimentality.
Her concerns are the quiet magic of early morning twilight, stormy skies, gathering storms, the atmosphere of ephemeral fog, and the neverending allure of waters, lakes, rivers, wetlands, marshes and whatever inspiring natural phenomenon this Cornwall-on-Hudson native encounters.