El­iz­a­beth Zanzinger

International Artist - - The Art Of The Portrait -

Night For­est, oil, 28 x 26" (71 x 66 cm)

IN­SPI­RA­TION

Night For­est was painted from life and emerged from the ex­plo­ration of per­sonal themes that have been mov­ing my work in a new direc­tion. Over the past sev­eral years, I have been gain­ing a much deeper un­der­stand­ing of the fragility of life and our planet’s rhythms and sys­tems that we de­pend on for sur­vival. These ideas are be­gin­ning to in­fil­trate my work. In this paint­ing, you can imag­ine your­self in a mys­te­ri­ous for­est. My tat­tooed sit­ter sug­gests the Celtic hero, the Oak King, wait­ing for sum­mer to re­turn; or he is a mod­ern man re­con­nect­ing with dis­carded child­hood sto­ries of a spirit of the for­est. While I wanted to leave the paint­ing open to in­di­vid­ual in­ter­pre­ta­tion, I am in­wardly re­flect­ing on the tragic re­sults of de­for­esta­tion and dis­re­gard for the en­vi­ron­ment by some global in­dus­tries.

ARTIS­TIC PATH

I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in paint­ing. My fam­ily is full of cre­ative peo­ple who did not dis­cour­age me from fol­low­ing my heart. Even so, I have had to work very hard, but I can­not imag­ine my­self do­ing any­thing else. I stud­ied draw­ing and paint­ing from life at the Aris­tides Clas­si­cal Ate­lier at Gage Acad­emy of Fine Art in Seat­tle. Then I went on to fin­ish my ed­u­ca­tion with a fel­low­ship award at Grand Cen­tral Acad­emy, New York City, in 2012. Since then I have com­pleted a num­ber of com­mis­sioned por­traits of ac­com­plished in­di­vid­u­als and con­tinue to pro­duce per­sonal cre­ative work in my Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, stu­dio.

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