I am fascinated by shapes, lines – thick vs. thin, light vs. dark - and creative use of negative space in my work. In particular, I love circles and bold, thick, super-dark lines that ooze energy and movement.
I like to work with contrast – that push and pull of quiet vs. movement and energy in a piece – and you’ll often see that I work frequently in black and white with subtle shades of tan, cream, and gray to soften the palette. Laying down that first instinctual mark or making the first cut of a silhouette brings excitement and fear at the same moment, but teaches me to slow down, enjoy the experience of creating, and to discover beauty in the small details – some planned, some unplanned.
I work in several mediums and focus on freehand cut silhouettes, abstract expressionist paintings, watercolor illustrations, and mixed media works.
Elizabeth is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, with a degree in History and Art Administration. She has been creating her entire life and pursuing her creative pursuits professionally for several years now. Elizabeth is a Juried Member of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, and a member of the Guild of American Papercutters, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Spartanburg Downtown Association. In the Winter of 2017, she was a Guest Artist at the SC Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel held in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she cut pineapple silhouettes live.
Elizabeth is inspired by artists such as Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Perle Fine, and silhouette artist, Carew Rice.
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