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Elizabeth Selby was born and raised in southern Alabama, and currently lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado as an oil painter. She graduated from the Master's College with a B.A. in Counseling and is primarily self-taught in painting. She has been in numerous group shows and solo shows in Colorado, as well as national art publications.
Solo show at S.P.Q.R Gallery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
Opening Ceremony June 7, 2019
What concept or narrative is behind your work?
The concept of my work is very personal, so I would say the narrative is whatever season I am in. Oscar Wilde said, “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter…. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.”
Words often fall short for me, but thinking in and “revealing” myself in imagery has always felt the most natural and sufficient.
What is your background?
In a nutshell, my (creative) background is everything. As far back as I can remember, my mom was letting me try any creative endeavor I could get my hands on. This included pottery, sewing, metalworking, woodworking, glass/mosaic, and eventually sketching and painting. It wasn’t until my mid-20s that I started taking painting seriously and learning to work with different mediums.
How much time does it take to create an artwork?
Sometimes there’s something magical in the air and I’ll complete a piece in a couple of days, and sometimes it can take months to complete a piece, for reasons I have yet to figure out.
Do you ever venture out of your creative process to try out new things?
Actually, yes. This is a huge part of my process. I still consider myself very much in the learning phase of painting, so I like to challenge myself with each piece. If I’m not pushing myself in some way, I don’t feel like finishing it. I change up my process each time I create weather it’s the reference image end of things, or the painting end, I never want to get comfortable or become the painter who is known for a certain “thing”. Sometimes I mix it up in a way the viewer would probably never know, like my underpainting. I’ll use the grid method, grisaille, all prima or a hybrid of these methods. Lately I’ve been enjoying using paper, stickers, and tape to layer images with interesting lighting for a reference image rather than just a photo on my iPad. There is something about going back to your kindergarten roots to stir up the imagination.
What inspires you?
A lot of things, and people. But, I will say that I am constantly looking at modern fashion photography. There is something about the awkward poses and overall drama that I really connect with. The unnatural views of the form while still being beautiful is something that usually finds it’s way into my work.
What artwork in history has inspired you the most?
Caravagio, Gérôme, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell.