Elizabeth L. Fiske, 86, abstract artist

July 05, 1993

Elizabeth Leonard Fiske, an abstract artist whose works have been displayed at area art galleries and universities, died Friday of cancer at her home on North Charles Street. She was 86.

Proficient in watercolors, oils and collages, Mrs. Fiske studied with Baltimore artists Gladys Goldstein and Keith Martin in the 1950s and 1960s.

"Her paintings showed a gentleness and a sensitivity, with a flair for the dramatic," said Mrs. Goldstein, who met Mrs. Fiske in the 1950s when Mrs. Fiske enrolled in her class at the now-defunct Metropolitan School of Art.

"Her inspiration was nature. [Her works] portrayed the beautiful things in life," Mrs. Goldstein said.

Her works have been displayed in Baltimore at the Nye Gomez Gallery, Towson State University and the Tomlinson galleries on Charles Street.

Mrs. Fiske's work also is included in permanent displays at Essex Community College, McDonogh School, the University of Maryland at College Park and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Elizabeth Southcomb Leonard, known as Beth, was a 1924 graduate of Western High School.

In 1929, she married Charles Stewart Fiske, a senior engineer with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. He died in 1982.

In the 1950s and 1960s, she studied at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Fiske was a member of the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Historical Society, the Smithsonian Institution and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

She won prizes in shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Peale Museum and the Allied Artists of America in New York.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral home, 6500 York Road.

She is survived by two sons, Charles S. Fiske of Monkton and David S. Fiske of Hagerstown; and a grandson.

The family suggested donations to the Walters Art Gallery.

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