The Viewfinder, original artwork by Gilpatrick

Critics Have Said:

" is beautiful and captures atmosphere through color and composition." (Private correspondence, December, 2006, Reflect Arts.)

"...the technique and color usage...are very sensitive and give a good amount of feeling ....excellent technique and understanding of the elements ....Excellent color usage." (Juror comments, American Art Salon [AJAS], April 2006.)

"...masterly touches of finesse in which texture,depth, and glass are interwoven into a work that captivates the eye." (Juror comments, AJAS, 2007).

"...the subtle color and powerful composition impressed me very much with both [its] chromatic sensitivity and ...natural design sense." (Dennis Wepman, author; contributor to periodicals and reference books; former cultural affairs editor of the New York Daily News; former editor of Artist Spectrum. [Private correspondence, May 9, 2004.])

A profile of Gilpatrick's figural work and the development of her palette appeared in American Artist Magazine, November 2002.

A column describing her Baltimore Aquarium Series appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of Watermarks, the National Aquarium Magazine.


Eleanor Gilpatrick is a contemporary realist. She has painted landscapes, figural works, and still lifes that capture fragments of the world that arrest the viewer in terms of composition, color, and content. Working in acrylic on canvas, a modern colorist, she expresses an affirmation of life with a hint of the solitary.

In 2007 she embarked on a new undertaking, to express her thoughts about the state of the world. Her "In The World" anti-war series was the first result; she has moved on to the issue of Climate Change, which she believes is the most important issue facing mankind.  When a painting is inspired by a press photo, as opposed to her own photos, she makes a pont of crediting the source.

Prior to her art career, Eleanor Gilpatrick was professor at the School of Health Sciences, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). She won prizes for painting and draftsmanship in high school and at the Educational Alliance in New York City, but chose to study the social sciences in college and graduate school. She eventually became an expert in health care policy and human resources, authored four books, directed a masters program in health services administration, and pioneered courses in critical thinking and writing.

She picked up the thread of drawing and painting in 1998 in plein-air workshops in Italy and returned to serious study at Hunter College, where Gabriele Evertz and Bob Swain became her mentors. She painted successfully until June, 2016, when she decided it was time to stop. Her work is still available online.

Gilpatrick's work includes strong, romantic landscapes set in New York and places she has traveled to in the US and Europe. She was influenced by the 19th Century sensibility of Turner and The Hudson River School, but expresses a 21st Century strength with vigorous brushwork, strong composition, and powerful or surprising content. The work with the figure looks at people in motion at a moment in time, absorbed in the activity of their daily lives, wherever that may be.

Gilpatrick has had solo shows in Manhattan; Eastview/Tarrytown, NY; Milford, CT; and the Bulgarian Consulate, Manhattan, and had her final show in June 2016 at The Jadite Galleries in Manhattan. She has been in countless juried shows.  Her painting, The Shell Monument, was the August selection for the 2007 Emerging Artists Calendar.