A few words about Elinor's art.

ELINOR CARLETON-SMITH is interested in the purity of colours when she paints landscapes of the Western and Eastern Cape. Looking for the right subject she chooses scenery most people would like to remember – spectacular reviews of Hermanus and Knysna or multi-cultural Longmarket Street.
Born in Scotland and raised in Wales, Carleton-Smith studied painting at the Heatherley School of Art in London (1965-1968), her artwork has a worldwide collectorship and has been displayed at numerous galleries, including the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London, and the Paris Salon…
— ARTS CAPE TIMES Wednesday, January 29th, 2003
The African sun has had a particularly powerful effect on her palette, indeed when you look at her landscape pictures, you almost want to close your eyes- such is the power of the sunlight captured on her canvas. The painting “Ostriches near Oudtshoorn” is an example of the artist’s choice of bright colours. Influenced by Expressionism and Impressionism, she developed a use of informal brush strokes and at the same time achieved a fine balance of high-key colours. It is impressive to look at her paintings and see how landscapes seem to open up endlessly and let the beholder step in…
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Three of the paintings on display have been influenced by a visit to the home of the late Helen Martins in Nieu Bethesda. Drawn to the wonderful isolation and unspoilt landscape, Carleton-Smith feels inspired whenever she visits the place…
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This painting carries the viewer almost literally, into holiday mood. Like a host at a party The Sentinel, a cone shaped mountain seems to lean from the hilly landscape and greet the sea, the joyous but demanding guest which sweeps all before it. The sea is a live creature suggested by strong undercurrents with light wind scudding over and enlivening the surface. Turquoise and purples pale blues and darker azures reflect the sea’s partner, the sky lightened with clouds shot with sunlight. A few craft contend with the choppy waters – a sailing boat looks as if it’s being almost blown out of the picture – but just holds its own. Embedded between sea and hills rising above it, the little town and harbour is a mere incident where the elements hold sway in a scene of vibrant and natural beauty.
— Lettice Buxton, Writer, London