Elizabeth lives and paints in Victoria, BC. A lifetime of dabbling in the arts became a passion once Elizabeth discovered acrylic on canvas. She had tried watercolour, pastel, stained glass and sculpture, but nothing inspired her the way canvas did the first time she touched it with a brush loaded with pigment. At that time, she embarked on an intensive study of the medium and its capabilities.
Being water-based, acrylic can be diluted to imitate watercolor or applied thickly with a brush or palette knife as in oil painting. Elizabeth’s work involves a little of each depending on the effects she is working to achieve. She often uses the matte medium to thin the paint and extend the color but also incorporates heavy bodied pigments and mediums into her work to create texture. Elizabeth is an intuitive painter who begins each canvas with no preconceived idea of what the subject matter will be. She aims for a strong sense of light in her work, contrasting darker foreground tones with a softer background and utilizing lost and found edges to merge the two.
Inspired by life on the west coast, big sky, sand, surf, beach, rocky outcrops, forest, and distant islands show up time and again in her work. Rather than a rendering of a specific location though, each piece evokes a sense of place that viewers can name for themselves. “If we are open to being guided by something outside of our own control,” Elizabeth says, “there is the freedom to create without judgment or criticism.”