One more Night
Oil on board
30 x 30cm
Liz began to paint as a child, much encouraged by her father, a keen and accomplished amateur artist. Liz went to Exeter University in 1963 to read for a degree in Sociology and subsequently enjoyed a highly successful business career.
Following the sale of her company, Hauck Research International, Liz had the time to refocus on her painting, initially painting with watercolour and taking life drawing classes. She was subsequently encouraged by her teacher to take a place on the Degree Course in Fine Art at the University for the Arts in Wimbledon.
She now works from her studios in Surrey and Devon. Financially independent, Liz donates all the proceeds from the sale of her work to charity. For her, this is a wonderful opportunity, ‘being able to do something I love and at the same time to contribute to causes that I care about is very fulfilling’.
Her oil paintings are abstract and expressionistic. She describes her painting process as ‘experiential, with feelings, experiences and memories fusing as new forms arise until the image reaches an inner harmony which feels right’. Liz seeks to create ‘inner expressions of states of mind rather than representations of the natural world’. She strives to ‘regain contact with my emotional self through intuition, reflection and contemplation, and with the ephemeral and ever-changing nature of one’s reality’.
Her inspirations are literal and specific, but the process is expressional. Frequently, the starting point is a form taken from nature. The creative process is ‘similar to the improvisation of a jazz player: a kind of riffing and experimentation around the initial idea using colour, shape and texture. As in jazz, I employ discordant elements to highlight a visual harmony.’ As she explains ‘the ‘meaning’ of the work doesn’t lie in what can be recognised, but rather ‘in how a painting makes the viewer feel, the memories and images that they stimulate and the particular and idiosyncratic emotional responses that they evoke.’
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