Exhibition of Paintings at Freedom Hair Experience
19th February – 6th April
It was lovely to get the opportunity to meet up with Liz to ask her about her beautiful work that is currently exhibiting at Freedom Hair Experience. Here are some of the questions I asked her…
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have always been interested in art. I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art and Design in 2006 in Fine Art. I went to learn more about art, techniques and went in with an open mind. I knew why I was there.
Art, in particular drawing and painting, has always been my passion. I work mainly with oils, sometimes oil pastel and watercolour but I do like to try other mediums too. Out of these humble materials you can create something, it makes me feel connected. I love the tactile nature of paint and the smell.
I now have my own studio in the garden, which I spend a lot of time in. I retired last year, which means that I can now follow my passion full time.
Is this your first exhibition?
I have taken part in a few exhibitions in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, the Meffan in Forfar too. I won the Angus Council prize. This is my first solo exhibition.
Have you always created?
Yes, I have always painted.
What is your favourite piece that you have created and why have you chosen it?
That’s too hard to say. I can’t choose. Everything I work on is like my baby.
What has been your most challenging piece?
The one I did for my degree show as it was really quite deep.
I have done a lot of commissions for people, which are a good challenge too.
What inspires you?
Nature and reflections but not just that…. everything! Everything inspires me. When I look in at something (not out) I see the smallest details. I love that wow moment when I see something that catches my eye.
One of my paintings is of a stork. When I was in Portugal I went to watch the storks and took lots of photos of them. One landed and was preening nearby with his family around him, I watched them for a long time. I would like to do more paintings of them.
Everything has a story.
Do you have favourite artists/ art heroes?
Anselm Keifer and Lucian Freud, to name but a few.
What are your favourite materials/ tools/ equipment?
I love my paintbrush. There is something too about stretching your own canvas and preparing to paint.
What do you do outside of your art? What are your hobbies? What do you love?
I read a lot and if I’m not reading I’m painting. I enjoy travelling too.
Irving always asks each artist these three creativity questions…
What is creativity?
For me it’s life, order out of chaos.
How do you use it?
Describe in 3 words:
Beauty, Freedom, Expression.
Liz doesn’t currently have a website but you can come along to the Freedom Hair Experience salon until 6th April to see her beautiful work.