Elizabeth Dow, whose wall coverings and fabrics have been installed in the White House and in the private homes of Paul Simon, Harrison Ford, and Bill Gates to name a few, actually got her start as a painter and she continues in that medium to this day. Many of her recent works went on view at Vered Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday in a show called "Heaven" and will stay there until May 19.
With several of her wall paper designs now in the collection of the Smithsonian, it is not surprising that her preferred support for her oil paint is paper. The absorptive quality of paper gives her paintings of nature a slight abstraction as the paint spreads out of defined lines. Laurie Anderson chose her work as part of the Parrish Art Museum’s recent “Artists Choose Artists” show.
The artist said she works from photographs in multiple layers of color that may subsume her earlier layers. Images of water, trees, and sky dominate in landscapes that seem very familiar. The artist is a full-time resident of East Hampton.