Ellen Hopkins Fountain
Watercolor is perhaps the most difficult of all painting media to control. Translucence versus opacity, curvature versus angularity, and simply knowing the "art of line" require refined skill and experience... especially with this particular medium. Ms. Hopkins Fountain, a master watercolorist, is unquestionably adept at these requirements. However, beyond the technical there lies a demonstrative love for the areas around the Hudson River. Her paintings have a lushness and soft brilliance that is apparent upon even a casual inspection. They come to life quietly, subtly disarming, then pleasing the viewer with their heartfelt compositions.