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Elinor studied painting at the Heatherly School of Art in London from 1965 to 1968. She has since exhibited with the Royal institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries, Piccadilly, with the Royal Society of British Artists, the New English Art Club, the Chelsea Art Society, the Bath Contemporary Art Fair, and has had seven solo exhibitions in the United Kingdom. She has also participated in group exhibitions in France, namely: The Paris Salon, the Biennale Art 24, Perigueux and the Centre Culturel in Bergerac. For the past eleven years she has lived and painted in Cape Town. This will be her third solo exhibition at The Cape Gallery. She paints whenever possible in front of the motif.

"Recently I have been painting out of doors which has been a change from studio work and has forced me to be quicker and reassess my technique. The Dutch homesteads are in this category and I hope I have caught the atmosphere of these old houses many of which though no longer lived in by their original families are still full of their presence. I have also done more painting with the palette knife which alters the way in which light is reflected off the painting surface and is particularly suitable with still life.

A visit to the Indonesian island of Bali in 2008 was a contrast to the drier landscapes of the Western Cape. The rice fields and foliage were a variety of green and the colorful temple ceremonies and dances were fascinating although the smoking volcanoes were a salutary reminder that our earth is not stable. The islanders are known for their wood carving, dancing and many other arts. Every morning before work starts they arrange flowers or fruit in small baskets of banana leaves which are left on the ground infront of every house,shop or office as an offering to the spirits for the day and all the rice fields are dotted with shrines to Dewi Sri the rice goddess. They have embraced tourism fully while keeping their old island customs.

Venice also has a great appeal for me and I usually do watercolours there before changing them to oils in the studio.
The combination of old stone and water and the brilliant light are always a challenge as is the chance to see so many historic paintings and buildings in such a concentrated area.


A point of view; group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Elinor Carlton-Smith

Title: Camps Bay Hotel
Size: 41 x 30.5 cm
Media: Oil
Price: R 8 700 Framed
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