Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern
Acrylic on canvas
44 x 47 inches
A highly celebrated painter, printmaker, and art instructor, Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern seeks to capture the essence of nature through her use of color and light. She creates an abstracted memory of landscape and spirit of place through her unique technique
of "soak staining." Resting her canvases on the ground, she pours layer upon layer of water-based paint until the brilliant colors soak and saturate her untreated canvases. The effect is delicate and unforgettable.
Ahern is the honored recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Massachusetts Artist Foundation grant, the Kinnicutt Travel grant and the United States Department of State's American Artist Abroad grant. Ahern received a BA from Boston University
and a diploma from The School at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. She continued her studies with Helen Frankenthaler at the Fine Art Institute of Santa Fe College. Ahern's paintings are included in many prestigious corporate and private collections
throughout the world including the United States Embassy in Angola. She currently teaches at the DeCordova Museum School, the Worcester Art Museum, and Lesley University.
"The painting Glysteri is named after a beautiful, unpopulated beach on the island of Skopelos, Greece. The painting recalls the warmth of the sun, the color of the water, and the remarkable time spent painting on the island. I hope it conveys the warmth and peace I felt that day. — Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern
Glysteri can be viewed at the Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital, Main Reception – Level 2.
Another work by Ahern
On view in the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living on SW1 is Silent Sea, acrylic on canvas.