9” x 11”  framed to 17” x 14”


Inspired by the poem "Willow, Early Spring"  by Ellen McKay




Specks of red bole clay show through the silver leaf,
the antique moulding, of simple grace, frames
a single willow painted in Pointillist detail.
At the edge of Spring, the bright green-yellow whips
rain down as a fountain, pale saffron, the new leaf buds—
the first color to appear in March in fields still winter-grey.
The willow grows by a pure cobalt blue river, running calm and cold.
An old tree, the trunk is broad and gnarled, deeply rooted.
Across the river, a distant shore, barely visible, veiled in morning mist.
Brush points of white: the water glimmers.
How I long to put down roots to the depths,
feel myself solid, fed
by underground streams, rain and sun
and even snow, change my colors with the seasons,
my crown ever open to the sky,
live long by the blue
river with wild grasses fragrant at my feet!


—  © Ellen McKay




Elaine was introduced to artistic expression early in life as a child  with weekly art classes in various mediums.  Later she attended an  Arts & Music High School followed by the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She studied pastels at Mt. Saint Mary College and also at the Art Student League.

She is a member of the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), and Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows and was awarded 1st place in 2006's “Artists on Campus Wildlife Award” for a pastel portrait of the oldest of her cats.  In 2009 and 2015 she won the Gayle Clark Fedigan award for best pastel, in 2010 and 2012,1st place for the all mediums Hudson Valley category and best pastel in 2013.  To expand her views she has even traveled to Ireland and Italy to study and paint.


As an artist she believes that everything we see in the universe is vibratory in its being.   Each object vibrates at different rates and it is through our process of realizing these vibrations through color and light that certain forms appear to us.  In her art she tries to be open to this process and allow nature to speak to her on all levels and works to capture the essence of a scene using both her inner and outer eye.



"Willow, Early Spring" Elaine Ralston


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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