Acrylic on canvas

15” x 15”


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




Born in New York City, Ellen McKay is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She continued her studies at Pratt Graphics Center and the School of Visual Arts, NY. Her paintings have been shown in group shows in galleries in the Hudson River Valley, Teaching experience includes watercolor classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, painting and drawing workshops in her studio and many other venues in upstate New York. NY. Ellen McKay’s art work is represented in private collections in the United States, Argentina and in Europe.

"Willow, Early Spring" Ellen McKay


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

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

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