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Elinor was born in the Orkney Islands in 1941 where her father was stationed in the RAF and was soon taken to North Wales where she grew up and later studied oil painting at the Heatherley School of Art in Pimlico from 1965 to 1968 and in the following decades held seven solo exhibitions in London and Oxfordshire and Leicestershire.
She emigrated to Cape Town in 1993 and was offered the first of three solo exhibitions at the Cape Gallery and also exhibited in mixed shows with their selected artists.
Her style is impressionistic and her subjects include views of the West Coast in the villages of Yzerfontein and Paternoster; inland near Robertson and its surrounding vineyards and in the Little Karoo which give her the opportunity to catch the clear bright colours she prefers.
She is a member of the South African Society of Artists and paints and exhibits with them at Kirstenbosch.  She uses watercolour when in France or Italy or Croatia and turns these afterwards into larger oils.
A passion is still life using a variety of flowers and her own antique porcelain and silver.  Her studio is in Claremont in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.

The Royal Society of British Artists 1967 Mayfair W1 1967
Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries from 1978 to 1985
The Alpine Gallery in Mount Street, London W1  in 1980, 1982 and 1988
Ruskin Gallery, Stratford on Avon 1983 to 1987
Paris Salon 1984 to 1987
Biennale Art 24 Perigueux, Dordogne 1992
Centre Culturel Bergerac, Dordogne 1992

The Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa, Chase Publications 2014
New York Arts Magazine Fall 2012
'Flawed Legacy' a novel published by Partridge Publications in 2016
Video:  3 hour live oil painting for ShopKeepArty in the UK 2021

Elinor Carlton-Smith

Title: Altromari & Proteas
Size: 40.7 x 50.8 cm
Media: Oil
Price: R 8 700 Unframed

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