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Ellen Steinfeld (b. 1945), Spring, 2012; watercolor on paper, diptych, 30 x 46 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchased with funds from John and Carol Kociela, 2013

Ellen Steinfeld (b. 1945), Spring, 2012; watercolor on paper, diptych, 30 x 46 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchased with funds from John and Carol Kociela, 2013

Steinfeld takes a bold approach to watercolor painting. In many of her large works, abstract patterns advance over several sheets of paper.  While some watercolors exploit the white of the paper as light-filled space for floating organic and geometric shapes, others are densely filled with saturated hues and black forms that suggest a humid, pungent and mysterious evening landscape. --Nancy Weekly