Kentucky native Ellen Glasgow finds inspiration in the waterways of the world. Her new work depicts rivers, oceans, lakes and wetlands — the places where people first congregated and where they continue to live and play. Her 2014 oil painting The Callawassee (SC) captures the inland estuary system of South Carolina’s barrier islands in deep blue with a pink and purple mass of clouds piled up in a pale blue sky. A slate gray landform tapers off into the sea, acting as demarcation line for the horizon. No signs of civilization mar the scene — it could have been captured any time in the past 4,000 years the islands have been inhabited by humans.
— Paul Friswold