Eleanor Gilpatrick’s first career was as professor at the School of Health Sciences, Hunter College, City University of New York where she taught courses in management, writing, and critical thinking. She had 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 (listed on Amazon.com), directed a masters program in health services administration, and pioneered courses in critical thinking and writing.
Her second career is as a contemporary realist painter. She paints 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.
She expresses a 21st Century strength with vigorous brushwork, strong composition, and powerful or surprising content. Her work with the figure looks at people in motion, absorbed in the activity of their daily lives, wherever that may be; strong, romantic landscapes set in New York and places she has traveled to in the US and Europe; anti-war images of people caught up in war; and outer space images of nebulas.
Gilpatrick has had solo shows in Manhattan including a show of her paintings set in Bulgaria, at the Bulgarian Consulate in New York City; has been in over 25 juried shows; and is in over 50 private collections.