Eleanor Gilpatrick’s first career was as professor at the School of Health Sciences, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) 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.
Gilpatrick's work includes strong, romantic landscapes set in New York and places she has traveled to in the US and Europe. She is influenced by the 19th Century sensibility of Turner and The Hudson River School, but 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.
Gilpatrick has had solo shows in Manhattan; and has been in over 26 juried shows and is in over 50 private collections. She has shown with the Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, MD and The Artists Haven Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her painting, The Shell Monument, was the August selection for the 2007 Emerging Artists Calendar.
In 2007 she embarked on a new undertaking, to express her thoughts about the state of the world in her "Issues Of Our Time" series. Her paintings "The Women" and "Casualty" were juried into The Pen and Brush Gallery shows 2008, 2009, and other figural work in 2010. A contrast to the anti-war paintings are Gilpatrick's ongoing nebula paintings. These two series have been inspired by international press photographers and NASA, whom she credits.
Gilpatrick curated an on-site annual, year-long student art show at Hunter College from 2000 to 2008 and took the competition on line for several years.