(February 3, 2003. Written by Kenneth A Maffeo)

Elizabeth began her creative journey of self expression by studying the natural beauty of her surroundings. She knew early on that there was something very magical in the patterns and negative space of Nature itself. By looking at the pictures in National Geographic and the Audubon Society she was able to cultivate an appreciation and eye for this unique expression.

Most of her artistic attempts in the beginning were self taught. It wasn't until Junior College that she took her first formal art class. This Airbrush technique class gave her a new and powerful voice to carry out more of her ideas. She experimented with many other mediums but the combination of airbrush, watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil seemed to become her voice. Elizabeth knew that nature was to be one of her major subjects, but there was something else for her to discover. It wasn't until her late 20's that she found a cultural connection with her Japanese ancestry.

At this point Elizabeth found a vehicle for new growth and expression. The series Beauty Of The Bonsai was born. This work represented the solemn dignity of the bonsai. These four paintings capture the spirit and discipline that dwells within these beautiful trees.

One year later, Elizabeth found a way to integrate the Japanese grace of textiles with the western focus of realism. The Kimono Seasons series did just that. These five paintings contain a symbolic theme. Each one of these paintings contains a Mon or family crest. They also represent the five seasons of Japan.

When you take the time to appreciate the detail of this work you will see that Elizabeth has a special photographic eye and spritual sence of wonder. We look forward to her future work and interpretation.


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