Featured Artist Liz Cole

Mixed media abstract artist Liz Cole creates joyful paintings focused on memorable and inspiring moments. See more of her portfolio by visiting her website.

 

Abstract landscape by Liz Cole

“Now You See It, Now You Don’t” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 30” x 30”

 

If asked what I paint, I would have to say joy and color! This is in complete contrast to my years spent in the Midwest, where gloomy days were not uncommon. Now relocated in Florida, I find each day to be filled with amazing colors that inspire my work.

 

Abstract landscape painting by Liz Cole

“Beach Walk” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 30” x 30”

 

I have always had a passion for color and construction since my early years of art making. Throughout my training as a painting major in college, I consistently found myself developing layered surfaces of color held together through line work and rich, subtle patterns.

 

Abstract Mixed media painting of village gardens by Liz Cole

“Village Gardens” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 15” x 30”

 

You will never find empty space in my canvases. It’s as if I need to give every inch of my painting a definitive response and a nod to its presence in the artwork.

 

Abstract mixed media painting of Hidden Passages by Liz Cole

“Hidden Passages” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 30” x 30”

 

My current work is centered on the idea of remembered moments and how they have come back to me to tell new stories.

 

Abstract painting of houses on a street by Liz Cole

“Pink House Avenue” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Cradled Board, 16” x 16”

 

Most prevalent is the house motif. A house is not just architecture. Within its walls are family stories, keepsakes and daily rituals that make each house unique both inside and outside.

 

Abstract seascape painting of the Mediterranean by Liz Cole

“Mediterranean Dreams” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 20” x 28”

 

Stir together all these memories with acrylic paint, collage papers and mark making tools, and you see the images that have found their way out of my soul and onto the canvas.

 

Abstract mixed media painting of a winter village scene by Liz Cole

“Winter Solstice in the Village” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 15” x 30”

 

Seldom do I preplan my paintings, other than forming a concept, as I like the challenge of the unknown.

 

Abstract mixed media painting of a lavender hued village by Liz Cole

“Lavender Thoughts” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 30” x 30”

 

I often begin with a surface of color to eliminate the whiteness of the canvas and then add a random set of marks that begin to reveal a structure and direction. I love this part of the creative process, although there can be moments of frustration when passages don’t work and it becomes difficult to resolve.

 

Abstract mixed media painting of stairs on the side of a cliff by Liz Cole

“Cliff Castle” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Cradled Board, 18” x 24”

 

But then there is the “aha” moment and I know I have solved the puzzle. It’s like being on a playground and discovering the rules of the game.

 

Artist Liz Cole in her studio

Artist Liz Cole in her studio

 

My studio is a place that provides a full retreat from the world around me. The moment I step into it, I can feel my creative juices begin to flow, ready for a new painting venture.

 

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  1. Beautiful work. Full of life!

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