Early Snow, Gala Water is the second of a group of works by Dame Elizabeth Blackadder which encapsulate her subtlety, range and originality. The spirit of Gillies seems palpable here, it is a location he painted many times and the two painters share the ability to see a subject where others would drive by oblivious: the high horizon, fall of the land, detail in the middle ground, all deliciously short of topographical representation; the relationship between the masses of field, hill, sky and snow are in perfect balance, the whole suffused with an ethereal, autumnal light.
Signature: signed and dated lower right
Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Edinburgh, c.1965
Private collection, Scottish Borders
About Elizabeth Blackadder
British, b. 1931, Falkirk, United Kingdom, based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom