2005-04-15 / Columnists

Rockaway Point Artist Martha Elliott Killian

“Windswept,” a watercolor by Martha Elliott Killian.“Windswept,” a watercolor by Martha Elliott Killian. Martha Elliott Killian has been drawing and painting since she was a child. The self-taught artist says that watercolor has been her preferred medium since 1990 and her subject matter has evolved over the years to the point that she most often paints land and seascapes.

“When I’d depicting a scene, I try to express many things,” Killian says. “A time of day, a place, a mood or season. Accurate color and value are important to me. This gives the person who views the painting a feeling that they have been there.”

Picture at right “Beach 84 Street Boardwalk.”Picture at right “Beach 84 Street Boardwalk.” She adds that the Rockaway peninsula, from the ocean to the bay, provides her with most of her inspiration.

There are times that her pictures move her to put her feelings into words as well through the medium of poetry.

The first painting, Windswept,” inspired this poem:

Dark clouds gather for

A breaking storm

Wind whips the surf

“Breezy On the Bay.”“Breezy On the Bay.” And ocean whitecaps form

An offshore wind sweeps the sand

Stinging hands and face

An angry sea of gray-green water

Sets the mood of time and place.

Another poem, “Breezy On The Bay,” was inspired by another of her paintings.

Wood jetties at low tide revealed,

In history, this time is sealed.

T’was 1993 and all was calm.

The jetties, sands of time, embalm.

Replenished sand covers all the


I think I’d like them back, if I could.

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