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Feb. 25-March 6: Naturalist art to be shown at Hood

FREDERICK, Md.—A painter who expresses the loss of natural land in her work will display her painting in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery Feb. 25-March 6.

Elizabeth Bradford’s “The Persistence of Eden” exhibit focuses on intricate, formal patterns found in nature, and on the experience of color, and ranges from small and intimate to large in scale. Her current medium is acrylic paint on canvas or wood panel.

Throughout her adult life Bradford has observed the loss of open spaces, the harvesting of old-growth forests and the construction of thousands of new houses. She paints natural scenes in an attempt to seize the look and feel of nature before it is forever changed and to cause the viewer to weigh the value of those changes. Her representational paintings also have connections to abstract art and show the influences of the pattern and decoration movement and pop art.

Bradford studied art at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, the University of North Carolina and Davidson College, and she is represented in corporate and private collections all over the United States. She was included in the U.S. State Department’s Art In Embassies Program, which places representative work by American artists in embassies around the world. In 2006 Bradford was chosen as the featured artist for North Carolina’s first statewide women’s conference. She has had many solo exhibitions, including shows at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College.

The reception and gallery talk is Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa York at