“Paint… Paint… Paint… Oh how I love to paint! I love color and that irrational moment when I make the first mark.”
Award-Winning Artist and Eastern North Carolina native, Liz studied art at Appalachian State University (Boone and NYC), Barton College (Double Major: Printmaking & Commercial Art), The University of NC at Greensboro (MFA/Painting), and Ghost Ranch, NM (Intuitive Painting). Liz has experienced significant international travel exercising every opportunity to talk with other artists and visit the studios, museums, and galleries along the way. Active in the Metropolitan DC area art scene for twenty years, she is now home in her beloved coastal NC.
“Just like planting a garden, I create out of optimism for the future”. My mixed media work combines acrylic, ink, graphite, and mark making in layers that reward viewers with organic imaginings and transparent views rare in paintings. Dr. Maia Nuku, curator of Oceanic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art (2022) was impressed with my work calling it “genius” as she perceived a “cosmological feel” and noted that “the movement of color from transparent to opaque appears as stretched organic matter with veins and pattern”.
I use imagination to represent unique possibilities other than the actual, to represent times other than the present, and to represent perspectives other than my own. Behind their uncountable layers, pigments shimmer, revealing influence of cosmology and cryptic symbology. Dr. Maia Nuku, curator of Oceanic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art (2022) was impressed with Liz’s work calling it “genius” as she perceived a “cosmological feel” and noted that “the movement of color from transparent to opaque appears as stretched organic matter with veins and pattern”.
This unconstrained imagination, playfulness with form, great attention to tactility, and skillful craftsmanship has given me a unique voice within abstraction. My creative process is based on an emphatically independent and lively imagination that began when I was a little girl sitting with my grandmother as she taught me how to draw and paint.
“When I paint the world just falls away as if I was touched by a memory”. Each painting is unique and exciting, the vibrant color warps into the texture and layers.
Member of The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media
Member of The Arts Council of Carteret County
Represented by Impressions Art Gallery, Morehead City, NC
Represented at The Village Gallery, Oriental, NC
Resident Artist at Carolina Artist Gallery, Morehead City, NC