Lizzie Taylor--Abstract, mixed media
November 5 7 p.m.
As to what I'll be "demonstrating" -- I told Terri that I cannot actually paint in front of an "audience" -- so I'm going to bring10+ pieces I've done and talk about the thought process behind them, why certain techniques were used, etc. That might sound kind of ho-hum, but since I have a huge range of styles and techniques, believe me it will be colorful and entertaining. One of the joys of being an artist who does ONLY abstracts is that I'm unfettered by a particular style or technique. My art has been described as elegant, detailed and thought-provoking; I do not simply throw/toss paint on a canvas and call it "art." Each piece is carefully planned and patiently executed. I like "freewheeling" but do not tolerate "sloppy."
Lizzie Taylor paints like she cooks -- with passion, some precision, much joy and always with an eye for color, texture and presentation. She is essentially self-taught, fearless when an "oops" needs to be turned into a "woo-hoo" and loves pursuing really -- really -- different techniques.
She's always been "artsy,” but it wasn't until her first European trip (three days in the Prado, anyone?) that she realized that art would figure in her life, in some way, in her future. Building a career took precedence for many years both in Seattle and Los Angeles but moving to Idaho in early 2013 (in a raging blizzard, thank you) finally allowed time and space to pursue her latent passion. And it’s been a hot pursuit indeed!
Lizzie has exhibited in Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance shows since 2016; had one person shows at the Meridian and Eagle Libraries; and is/was in juried/invitational shows at Art Source Gallery, Nampa Civic Center, Smith & Coehlo's SHOW OFF!, and in annual Flying M "Valentines for AIDS" benefit events. Her work is in collections in Bethesda, Beverly Hills, Boise, LA, NYC, Oakland, Portland and Seattle.
One of Lizzie’s most treasured memories from LA is the many years she spent volunteering at the Braille Institute, where she taught ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts and collage to blind/partially sighted adults, improving the quality of their lives through hands-on involvement in the arts.