Ellen Sinel’s work has always focused on landscape – from her early linear abstraction, to the present abstract representation. She works in oil and varied media on canvas, paper, and wood. Sinel has had over twenty solo exhibits, and has been in juried and group shows in Washington, DC, Provincetown, MA and New York, NY. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections. She is represented by Studio E Partners, and by The Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC.
Landscape painting is for me, a meditative gathering-in of nature’s constant transformations. My paintings are of real or partly imagined places in which I seek to develop an atmosphere of quiet and peace, sometimes with an overlay of mystery.
Significant inspirations for me have been landscapes from many places; the Virginia countryside, Aspen Colorado Mountains, the hills of Tuscany and of Napa, California, and the quiet beauty of lower Cape Cod. My Spartina series, begun in 2006, concentrates on grasses which grow in and by the 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. Titled “Trees From a Moving Train,” this work shows the fleeting and blurred vision of trees from a speeding train, 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. Nature has become tempestuous.
An example of this is “Mill Pond” in Truro, MA, a marshland once a part of the freshwater “Pamet River.” Because of warming and rising waters during storms, the river was breached by the ocean, causing plant life to change drastically. Each year the marshes change, and each year I paint the impact of these changes. Mill Pond and other areas may become more desolate and eerie places, but they will remain, in their own way, beautiful parts of nature.