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Work Samples

After the Wine Harvest

After the Wine Harvest, watercolor painting by Elizabeth Burin, vine leaves in autumn, foliage, botanical
AFTER THE WINE HARVEST. Watercolor, 20.5 x 18 inches

Red Lettuce

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

Copper Kettles

Copper Kettles, watercolor painting by Elizabeth Burin, still life
COPPER KETTLES. Watercolor, 10 x 20 inches

Granite Morning

Granite Morning, watercolor painting by Elizabeth Burin, landscape painting, desert landscapes rocky desert
GRANITE MORNING. Watercolor, 14.5 x 21 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 and Philadelphia Watercolor Societies, exhibits... more


​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.


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 and minerals I endeavor to make these voices sing in texture and color.


From early in life, I have always loved animals, both wild and domestic.  They offer me, as an artist, countless examples of nature's diverse beauty, and much more: because they are animate creatures, I relate to them as akin to us, however different they may appear.  Watching animals, observing their movements, their behavior, and their relationships gives me a unique pleasure, both esthetic and emotional.  These paintings express both how I see them and how I respond to them.


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.