Artist Elizabeth Wallace

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://etwallace.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Commissioned by Virginia Tech to paint 32 pastel portraits of students and faculty.

  • Award-winning paintings and pastels.

  • Featured artist at Mission Fine Art Gallery, San Juan Capistrano, California.

  • Price Range: $475.00 - $2,900.00

The Artist Says:

"I love drawing and painting.  The act of painting helps me understand myself and the complexity of life more deeply.   After having spent thousands of hours observing and depicting form, my hand acts below the level of consciousness as I paint.  In this "flow" process, I discover deep, underlying meaning embedded within a composition.   Works of art capture the essence of the artist and the essence of the moment."  

Collectors Say:

"Ms. Wallace's artistic skill and personal empathy produced some of the most beautiful and moving artworks the university received."
--from Dr. Charles W. Steger, President of Virginia Tech University.
"We have enjoyed your beautiful art work.  We did not originally go to the Art Festival with the intent to purchase anything, but we were drawn to your art and just had to take it home.  I loved reading how you created it and I still find new words embedded in it."
--from Hilu Mirobito, collector of "Figure 8 - Thousand Words," pastel, 36" x 24."  

Other Artists Say:

"When looking at the work of Elizabeth Wallace, one encounters beautiful juxtapositions.  The interplay between word and image, representation and abstraction, and dreams and reality, creates harmonious paintings that defy categorization.  Wallace's paintings are luminous reminders to stop and look deeply at the world around us."
--Cynthia Grilli, figure painter, artist, educator, www.cynthiagrilli.com
"I stood in front of that outstanding piece and got lost in the fascination of all those reflections one day while sitting the gallery.  I would love to have a conversation with you in person and hear your experience in creating it.  It looks so thoughtfully rendered yet still has an "in the moment" feel to it with all those fresh strokes of color."
--Paula Somma, pastelist regarding her experience with Shattered, pastel on paper, 24" x 36."


I look to the natural world for my inspiration as an artist and paint images of wildlife and native flora encountered while hiking in wilderness areas.  I work with pastels in my studio. When creating, I explore various possibilities while thinking, “What if I try this? Now this, then this.” Each brushstroke combines to create a material thing that eventually looks back at me. The resulting image almost always teaches me something about myself, my life and interactions with others.
My paintings examine five life elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. The Earth paintings are botanical portraits of the prickly pear cactus and its ability to survive changing climatic conditions. The Water paintings explore our interaction with water: how it heals, challenges and transforms us. The Air paintings feature creatures that fly and also examine cloudscapes and windmills. The Fire paintings include figurative images because our inner fire warms us and inspires us to use our gifts.  The final element, Space, examines how objects occupy space.
Elizabeth Wallace originally earned a BA degree from the University of Iowa. She later studied fine art drawing and painting at the Laguna College of Art and Design. While there, she earned scholarships and was awarded Best of Fine Arts for her award-winning, large scale pastel tricycle series. In 2007, the President of Virginia Tech commissioned her to draw a set of 32 portraits of faculty and students for the college’s permanent collection. Senior CBS reporter Joe Dashiell came to her studio in 2014 to interview her about the collection and film her as she worked.  Click on this link to watch the interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN5sPLn1pd8&sns=em

She has shown her work nationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her most recent solo show was titled “Original Skin: Botanical Resilience in a Changing Climate” featuring portraits of [...]

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