Ellen Sinel

Inspired by the quiet of the Virginia country-side and the beauty and force of the Cape Cod lands and waters, my paintings focus on nature and its constant changes. My Spartina series, begun in 2006, concentrates on grasses which grow mostly by the water’s edge and in water. These grasses reflect nature at its deepest core–blown by winds, warmed by sun, they live, die and regenerate, transformed by the harsh or gentle realities of changing seasons. My current series of tree paintings continues to explore the mystery of nature altered by time and movement. The paintings titled “Trees from a Moving Train”…show the fleeting and blurred vision of tree-scapes as if they were blowing in a wind. Painting landscapes has drawn me into observing more closely than I otherwise would have, the increasing instability of our environment, and the beginning of the impact of global warming. Our nature has become tempestuous. An example of this instability is Mill Pond in Truro, Massachusetts, a marshland which once was part of the freshwater Pamet River. Some years ago, during a fierce storm, the river was breached by the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a tidal pond and causing plant life to change drastically. This year, in March 2013, the Atlantic Ocean waters of Cape Cod rose once again, flooding the Pamet river and the surrounding lands, changing its ecosystem and the landscape. Mill Pond is different from what it was, and soon, after the effect of this new salt-water intrusion is fully felt, It will change once again. It may become a more desolate and eerie place, but it will remain, in its own way, a beautiful part of nature.

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