Elizabeth Bird


ARTIST STATEMENT

I am continually amazed by the beautiful colours of nature. They can be vivid and dramatic, evoking passion. Or they can be pale, pastel, quiet, releasing a serenity that is comforting like a warm coat on a cold and bitter night. Both are intense and rich in emotion. The challenge I seek is to capture in my art and share with the viewer, the emotions expressed by colour and light.

BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth grew up in Toronto, Ontario. As a child, drawing came naturally as a way of expressing her emotions about the world around her. Her father painted with oils so Elizabeth had the opportunity to watch him paint, learn some of his techniques, and thrive in a creative environment.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education. Her busy career and her growing family left little time for her to pursue her artistic side. When she finally retired from teaching she joined art classes led by Andrew Hamilton at the Varley Art Gallery in Markham. Elizabeth’s choice of medium is acrylics; however she also enjoys oils and pastels. She is continually experimenting with viscosity and pliability as well as light and shadow. In 2011 she entered her first art show at the McKay Art Centre in Unionville entitled “Journeys of Expression from a Collective Mind.”

In 2015 she moved to Hunters Pointe in Welland joining the Artists on the Pointe art community. In 2017, Artists on the Pointe exhibited their paintings at the Civic Square Welland Wall of Art.

Elizabeth is also a member of the Pelham Art Association and the Visual Artists of Welland (VAW). As a member she has displayed her art in the Festival Room at the Pelham Library and in the Historical Museum in Welland. In 2020 the VAW showed their members’ art at a gallery in the Seaway Mall.

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