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Work Samples

Red Lettuce

Red Lettuce, botanical watercolor painting by Elizabeth Burin
RED LETTUCE. Watercolor, 17 x 20 inches.

Rocky Coast in Maine

Rocky Coast in Maine, watercolor landscape painting by Elizabeth Burin
ROCKY COAST IN MAINE. Watercolor, 21.5 x 14.5 inches.

Fall Cascade II

Fall Cascade II, watercolor painting of autumn foliage by Elizabeth Burin
FALL CASCADE II. Watercolor, 20.5 x 13 inches.

Ancient Pueblo (Balcony House)

Ancient Pueblo (Balcony House), watercolor painting of ruined cliff dwelling, Mesa Verde, Colorado, by Elizabeth Burin
ANCIENT PUEBLO (BALCONY HOUSE). Watercolor, 13 X 19.5 inches.


About Elizabeth

Baltimore City

Elizabeth Burin's picture
Elizabeth Burin is an independent artist working in Baltimore.  Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Switzerland, she holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Cambridge.  She worked as a museum curator and taught ancient and medieval art history before turning to studio art, earning a Certificate of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Elizabeth Burin is a Signature Artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, exhibits frequently in the mid-... more


The forms of nature---the outline of a leaf, the mass of a rock, the curve of a wing--speak to the eye with singular voices , like individual faces we grow to recognize. In my renderings of plants, animals, and minerals I endeavor to make these voices sing in texture and color.


​A landscape is a part of the world as seen by the eye and recalled by the mind’s eye. I find transparent watercolor to be a perfect medium for evoking the fleeting appearance of a place as seen in the light of a particular hour and day.


In my abstract painting I aim to distill the organic curves and irregular forms that inspire my depictions of nature. Colors and patterns fascinated me from a very young age, and today I work to develop a compositional language built on the beauty of line, shape, and chromatic harmony.