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In my recent work, I have been creating imaginary scenes filled with the patterns of nature inspired by both the Sussex countryside and the diversity of life I found whilst travelling in Africa. I am interested in looking at details of trees and plants, Indian textiles and bird encyclopaedias, and merging these sources to create, wall-paper like patterns that celebrate the English decorative tradition.
My latest prints has been hand-made in small editions , in Brighton, using the techniques of lino-cutting and screen-printing. I use special printmaking papers from the U.K, France, Japan and India.
Within my work as a whole, I use nature as a metaphor for human emotions.
April 2002. Professional Development grant South East Arts (Arts Council, South East)
Liz is based at Phoenix Studios, Brighton.
In her recent paintings, Liz has been combining her love of pattern and colour with landscapes, butterflies and birds to create magical worlds that reflect the variety and extraordinary diversity of nature.
Her studio is a crucible where diverse sources are melded together through the act of painting. Photographs, drawings, wallpaper designs and nature books are all combined with inspiration taken from travels in Africa, visits to Kew Gardens and walks on the Sussex Downs. The resulting paintings and prints feel like a place where magical events might occur. Local and tropical birds inhabit fantastical imaginary trees and are immersed in a landscape of lively pattern and vibrant colour.
The starting point for Liz's paintings is source material that includes botanical studies and ornithology books, but once the paintings begin, the images evolve through the process of painting, birds blend with imaginary foliage to create harmonious scenes in an imaginary world.
The prints of William Morris are a strong inspiration, alongside influences from Eastern arts in their use of composition, form and colour.