Elizabeth Lockhart Taft's plein air paintings are the result of an intensive immersion in the local landscape, and the results completely capture the feeling of being right there with her in the open.
"I live on the island of Martha's Vineyard and primarily paint here and on neighboring Nantucket Island. I only paint outside, working directly from what is in front of me. I have to work quickly; the light only stays consistent for an hour and a half at most, so the way the land and sky appear are always changing. Plus on any one day it can be too hot, too cold, too windy, too something. Or there are flies and mosquitoes. In spite of all this, somehow, painting outside is easy for me. It’s like going to a cathedral, a quiet and serene place. When I set up to paint, I have entered a sacred place."