I began drawing and painting at the age of 5, when my parents started sponsoring art shows for me and my five brothers and sisters. Because we had no TV, drawing and painting became a major source of entertainment. In the 4thGrade, I won my first art contest, creating a cartoon for my local bank, and later I went on to design programs for school plays, make my own greeting cards, and eventually paint murals on my grandmother’s walls. During my grade school years, I attended drawing and painting classes at the Rochester Museum of Art, and in my teens, I studied Art History and Studio Art at Colby College . In my early adult years, I sold hand-painted items at numerous gift shops, including Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth , NH , and the League of NH Craftsmen in Exeter , NH . I still paint and sell New England scenes and house portraits on wooden Shaker Boxes.
In 1990, I became interested in watercolor and oil painting, when I began working towards an Associate’s Degree in Studio Art at UNH. As a member of the Durham Art Association and the Seacoast Artist’s Association, I participated in numerous workshops, and exhibited my art in such places as the New England Center , Café Brioche, and the Children’s Museum of Portsmouth . I currently have watercolors in private collections in NH, ME, MA, NY, PA, NJ, WA, CO, MIN, UT and CA. Twice, my paintings were selected to be in the Families First Calendar in Portsmouth . I also have a large giclee print of my “Kayaks” painting, hanging in the permanent collection at The Children’s Hospital in Boston.
I enjoy both still life and landscape painting. Mood and rhythm are important influences, not only in my art, but in all of our lives. Color is the painter’s power of expression; it helps define our feelings and bring them into our consciousness. I seek to use color and light to make my paintings vibrate and dance. In the process, I try to elevate ordinary objects into the realm of the extraordinary. I want to turn my viewers on to the incredible beauty in not only the natural world, but in the multi-shaped, multi-colored man-made objects, which we use in everyday living. When we learn to see our world as filled with beauty, our lives are transformed. If I can inspire at least one person to look at something differently, then I will have succeeded as an artist.
Elizabeth S. Palmer (Betsy)