Rollande, detail (2019)
Reclaimed materials, needle felting, wrapped pipe-cleaners, yarn, embroidery floss
5.5' x 6.5'
Whether making intuitive non-objective paintings, or making installation and media-based work, Elizabeth has always viewed the art-making process from a meditative, spiritual and holistic perspective. As a facilitator, she provides encouragement and support, and gives constructive feedback that helps identify the strengths of each student.
What is your favourite medium?
I come from a drawing and painting background at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and a sculpture and installation background at the U of S, so I have worked in a wide variety of media. I love them all. However, my favourite medium is always the latest medium that I'm working with and right now that is textile.
Do you have a childhood memory of art?
My earliest memory was around the age of 4. I was supposed to be napping when instead I figured how to draw people that were no longer stick people. I ran to my mother with excitement to show her what I had accomplished!
What do you love about teaching?
Whether as a nurse in my former life or as an artist, teaching has always been important to me because I love to share and help to empower individuals by helping them recognize their own creative potential. With online teaching, once I figured out how best to present material and demonstrate process, I was impressed by how well each participant received the online instruction and the creative outcomes that were generated through that learning process. I also love the fact that quite a few individuals who might not otherwise have been able to attend can now do so.