About Elizabeth Pratt
Elizabeth Pratt - American Art Collector
Elizabeth Pratt - Cpe Arts Review
American Art Collector
Elizabeth Pratt
Elizabeth Pratt
Elizabeth Pratt
Knowles Cape Cod Art Article June 2013
I first saw Elizabeth Pratt's work featured in a newspaper and her brilliant colors just hooked me. I saved the article and 15 years later I got an opportunity to meet and own a few of her works. What a blast! I love the 'textures' in her watercolors and the feeling of contentment I get looking at them.
— Kinga Salierno


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The Process
For over 60 years, I have been experimenting with watercolor techniques.
I’ve gotten various textures by applying paint to hot press paper through crushed tissue paper and then removing the tissue.
I’ve also had success by applying paint to the paper and then pressing crushed tissue, wax paper or clear plastic wrap into the wet paint. (The top papers are removed and discarded.)
I’ve rolled a brayer over wet paint and put paint on a brayer to roll it onto the paper.
I’ve brushed color and India ink onto paper, partially dried it with a hair dryer and then sprayed it with water to wash off the damp paint while leaving tints in patterns.
I’ve displaced wet paint by sprinkling it with water or grains of salt.
I’ve taken a wet painting-in-progress, flattened it against a piece of plexiglass, and gone back to work on what was left on the paper.
I’ve applied globs of color and tilted the paper until it ran.
I’ve splattered a second color onto a first.
I’ve glazed a thin layer over paint over dry color.
I’ve had fun.

— Elizabeth Pratt

“I’ve been selling my work for 65 years. More than ever, color is important in my paintings. I use it to set up vibrations and to create moods. To enhance the effects of the renowned Cape Cod light, my colors have become stronger and my contrasts greater.

Fluid and transparent, watercolor allows me to spontaneously capture the motion of the waves and currents that surround this peninsula. The expanses of sky, the reflections of the sky in the water, the natural flow of the wind, all lend themselves to the free expression afforded by this medium.

As long as I have been painting, I feel the rush of excitement each time the first colors go down and know I am going to going to discover something new.”



Early Lunch
14.5 x 22.5
framed 21.75 x 30

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


16.5 x 22
framed 23.5 x 29.5

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


One Way Street
22 x 19
framed 29 x 27

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


September Shore
12 x 18.75
framed 19 x 26

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Of Fish and Foam II
19.5 x 12.5
framed 26 x 19.5

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


14 x 19
framed 21.5 x 26.5

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Coast Guard Station
12.5 x 19
framed 20 x 26

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Left Behind
20 x 17.5
framed 27 x 24

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Winter Bog
13 x 18.5
framed 20 x 25.5

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


The Way Out
12 x 18.5
framed 19 x 25

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Silver Evening
13 x 19
framed 19.5 x 26

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Brewster Herring Run
12.5 x 9.5
framed 18.5 x 15.5

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Mirrored Clouds
10.5 x 11.5
framed 16.5 x 17.75

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Clear Light
22 x 13
framed 29.5 x 20.75

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Harbor Light
12 x 19
framed 20 x 26.5

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Coming In
12 x 18.5
framed 19.5 x 26

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Celebrating Color
13 x 20
framed 20 x 26

Elizabeth Pratt - Cape Cod Artist


Sweeping the Crest
10.5 x 21.5
framed 16.5 x 27.5

Elizabeth Pratt


Taking the Sun II
18 x 22
framed 25 x 29

Elizabeth Pratt

Elizabeth PrattElizabeth Pratt studied at the Dayton Art Institute and earned her B.A. in Fine Arts at  William and Mary. She completed workshops with nationally-known watercolorists and studied the masters of painting in Europe's great museums.

Elizabeth had the first of over 70 solo shows at the Spectrum Gallery in Washington, D.C., where she was a founding member. Ms. Pratt's work has been acquired by many government agencies, courts, corporations and collectors.

Ms. Pratt is a Copley Master and has juried membership in Audubon Artists, New York City and the New England Watercolor Society. She has taught at the Truro Center for the Arts, Castle Hill; the Creative Arts Center; the Cape Museum of Fine Arts; and the Cahoon Museum.

A full-time artist with a spontaneous style evolving as the images develop, Ms. Pratt keeps her work continually fresh and alive in a range of subject matter treated with new techniques.

Her work has been featured in many periodicals including American Art Collector, Artist Magazine, Cape Cod Times, Cape Codder, Arts & Antiques, Boston Magazine, Review Magazine and Cape Arts Review. Her work and techniques have been covered in books including The Art of Watercolor by Charles LeClair, The Best of Watercolor by Betty Lou Schlem and Tom Nicola, and nine others.

Artist's Statement
Since my early training, watercolor has challenged and excited me. For over 50 years, I have worked primarily in that medium. My aim has never been to become more proficient in realism but rather to explore the limits of watercolor's possibilities. I strive to let the paints' characteristics rule, the drips, bleeds and blooms be apparent for visual enjoyment.

The invention of hot press papers in the 1960s expanded the medium's ability to achieve amazing textures. The paint stays on the surface and can be manipulated with various tools as well as with brushes. Color vibrancy, abstract shapes, tactile representations and lighting extremes are enhanced without a preset plan. I let the medium lead me.

The works evolve on the paper through "accidents"-and my imagination. Paintings of fish and birds are ideal for this as the subjects can be woven in during the final steps towards completion of a piece. Landscapes begin as abstracts and the nature I know emerges. If painterly effects appear in jeopardy, I stop and leave the essence. These methods have been transmitted in all my teaching. I stress how to see differently, how to cherish what is developing on the page, how to push it to the utmost.

Even now, having completed over 2,000 watercolors, I feel the rush of excitement when the first colors go down, flowing freely, uncontrolled, meandering in a way more beautiful than I could have imagined. I quickly tilt, drop in more colors, imprint, spray, spatter, continually looking for the direction the painting is taking. It's a game. Of nerve. Of spontaneous decisions. The paint always wins and I am glad to be on its team.


  • The Art of Watercolor, Charles LeClair,
    Watson Guptil
  • The Best of Watercolor, Betty Lou Schlem and Tom Nicolas, Volumes I, II, and III
  • Rockport Publishers (for all of the following)
    Watercolor Expressions
    Painting Composition
    Floral Inspirations
    Places in Watercolor
    People in Watercolor

National Juried Exhibitions

  • Audobon Artists of New York City
  • Adirondack's National Exhibition
  • San Diego Watercolor Society National Open
  • The Face of America, Contemporary Portraits in Watercolor
  • Academic Artists
  • Georgia Watercolor Society National
  • Mississippi National Exhibition
  • Rocky Mountain National
  • Montana National
  • North American Open Exhibition

Solo Shows

  • The Copley Society
  • The Art Complex Museum
  • The Maryland Academy of Art
  • Spectrum Gallery, Georgetown
  • Radford University
  • Stonehill college
  • Cape Cod Conservatory
  • Addison Art Gallery
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art

Group Shows

  • New Bedford Museum
  • Guild of Boston Artists
  • Fitchburg Museum
  • Berkshire Museum
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mississippi Museum
  • USIA Traveling Exhibit Overseas
  • Copley Society Shows
  • Falmouth Annual
  • Annual Northeast New England Watercolor Society
  • Addison Art Gallery
  • Cahoon Museum
  • Greater Washington Invitational
  • Arts Club, Washington D.C.
  • Federal Reserve Bank, Boston
  • Boston City Hall
  • Harvard Club, Boston
  • American Art Collector
  • Cape Codder
  • Arts and Antiques
  • Boston Magazine
  • Review Magazine
  • Artist Magazine
  • Cape Cod Times
  • Palette Talk, American Artist Magazine
  • Cape Arts Review

Permanent Collections

  • Cape Museum of Fine Arts
  • International Monetary Fund
  • United States Catholic Conference
  • Office of the Director of the CIA
  • Sperry Univac
  • Citi Bank
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • First National Bank of Boston
  • Cahoon Museum
  • Stonehill College
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
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