Glasgow said she had been painting since high school and that she majored in art more than 50 years when she attended Murray State University for two years. She is now the owner and director of the Capital Gallery in Frankfort. Throughout the course of her career, she has traveled extensively across the country, partly because of her husband’s military career, and her work consequently spans all types of environments. Since she is originally from Paducah, she said the area’s lakes are a prominent feature in some of her paintings as well.
Although the museum has worked with Glasgow before while planning exhibits, this will be the first time her work will be displayed in Cadiz. Glasgow said her approach to landscape art is, more or less, to have an overall abstract vision brought to life through strong colors. She said that she has been influenced a great deal by the paintings of George Ennis, Wolf Kahn and Edward Hopper. Although famous Hopper paintings such as “Nighthawks” are known for their featured characters in bleak urban settings, Glasgow said she loves his watercolors of landscapes in New England. She said she also admires a series of watercolors that Hopper did of the Southwestern United States.
On her Web site, www.ellenglasgow.com, Glasgow talks about the things that have inspired her work: “My work has been described as ‘luminist’, ‘fauvist”, ‘impressionist’, ‘colorist”, ‘minimalist’ and even ‘abstract’. I don’t mind any of these descriptions, but I don’t really think of my paintings in that way.
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