A lover of art and art history for most of her life, Liz began producing her own works relatively recently (summer, 1999) when her husband came home one day with the gift of an easel and materials for painting. She began working in oils and enjoyed it so much that she decided to formalize her training by pursuing an art degree, educating herself on theory and technique, and practicing what she learned. She enjoys working in pastels, oils, watercolors, and photography. Themes found in her work include the simple beauty found in the everyday world, exotic places which become familiar, architecture in art, the convergence of aesthetics and science, and the expression of the soul and memory in art.
Liz has been influenced by the classical masters of painting, the impressionists, the cubists, the abstract expressionists, and such modern artists as Georgia O'Keeffe, Natalia Gontcharova, Elizabeth Murray, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, Richard Diebenkorn and David Hockney. She resonates to the books of Leonard Shlain, especially Art and Physics, and has acquired a fascination for the study of fractals and the ideas of the chaologists. She also enjoys delving into the world of the mind-body connection and the life of the spirit. The sense of place is also a main idea in her works.
Born and raised in California, and having traveled extensively, Liz now makes her home in Omaha, Nebraska. She is grateful for the love and support of her husband, Andre, her sister, Dec Larréy, her friends, Hideko Kato and Kim White, her mentor and friend, Mary Day, and the critics on whom she can count for the most honesty, her daughters, Juliane, Amelia, Madeleine and Maya.
SHOWS / EXHIBITS / GRAPHIC DESIGN
Promotional materials and website design for Passionfish, LLC, Chicago
Graphic Design and seminars for Hamilton College, Omaha
Semi-annual Open Houses at the Hot Shops Art Center, Omaha, Nebraska, since 2004
Conference invitation design for the City of Phoenix, September, 2004
Permanent exhibit of Gold Series, Hiroshima, Japan
Hallway Show, 204th Street Gallery, in association with Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska, 2004
Photo Club Show, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, in association with Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska April 2-4, 2004
FAIRS / JOURNALS
Larissa’s Lily published in The Metropolitan, a literary and art journal of Metropolitan Community College, Fall, 2004
Avant-Yarde Sale, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, April 2004
A.A. in Fine Art, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE 2004
Wonderful times were had in places from Guadeloupe to Moscow, California to Budapest, Havana to Paris. My work is a celebration of the diversity and recognition of the commonalities in the world that we all share.
Places inspire my art.
English – native
1999-Present Freelance Artist/Graphic Designer
Jan Larrey, Erie, PA