Elizabeth Reed

Capturing the Spirit of People and Places

Elizabeth Reed

Capturing the Spirit of People & Places

Painting People and Places

Painting People and Places

Custom Oil Portraits by Elizabeth Reed

Custom Oil Portraits by Elizabeth Reed

custom oil portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Custom Oil Portraits by Elizabeth Reed

custom oil portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

The FAÇeADE Project – A portrait of diversity

The FAÇeADE Project by Artist Elizabeth Reed A portrait of diversity

The FAÇeADE Project – A portrait of diversity

The FAÇeADE Project by Artist Elizabeth Reed A portrait of diversity

The FAÇeADE Project – A portrait of diversity

The FAÇeADE Project by Artist Elizabeth Reed A portrait of diversity

Trouvaille!

Trouvaille!

Trouvaille!

Surface Tension

Surface Tension

Surface Tension

Graphite & Silverpoint Drawings

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Graphite & Silverpoint Drawings

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Graphite & Silverpoint Drawings

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Gifts from the Sea

Gifts from the Sea

Gifts from the Sea

LIFE!  and from Life

custom oil portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

LIFE!  and from life

A collection of award winning drawings and paintings about life and drawn from life.

custom oil portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

LIFE!  and from life

custom oil portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

“In 2017 I married a woman very much adored by her father.  I knew it was difficult for him to let her go and I needed to express some degree of understanding in that regard.  I decided to commission my first painting as a gift to her parents and went straight to Elizabeth.  She had never met my bride.  Yet  through pictures, a brief autobiography I wrote and some great conversation, Elizabeth was able to capture her for who she is. Her strengths shine in the portrait, as does her fragility.”

Forever Grateful and Inspired,

Gage Parrot

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the privilege of being under the mentorship of Elizabeth Reed, or Libby as I like to call her. Libby is my first and most influential mentor. She was the catalyst to my artistic development; her offering me such a comprehensive knowledge of art and design has been instrumental in my growth and development as an artist. Being her student meant many afternoons spent in intense instruction. But perhaps what is most memorable about the time I spent as her student, is her compassionate nature, and her generosity. Libby fulfills every responsibility of an excellent mentor and teacher. Her invaluable knowledge has been the greatest gift. Being her student is the greatest pleasure.”

Isabella Lewis

Art Student

“Elizabeth Reed, aka Libby, is an artist beyond compare. Her compositions are intricate, her methods are her own and the resulting art is exquisite.

The breadth of Libby’s mediums and techniques complement the depth of her art. Libby is inspired by nature, people, society and her inner drive, desire and insights.

She tackles our most difficult societal issues (school shootings, climate change, inequity) with depth of understanding and passion. Her portraits are as compelling as her landscapes, her pencil drawings as inclusive-intense as her oil paintings.

Libby does not stand still always seeking, admiring and implementing new techniques and points of view. She is stirred from within and her passion for artistic representation of emotion and reality pours from her in her own unique, deep way in oil, pencil, charcoal and metal point.

Libby is a natural artist always seeking to learn and try more. Her talent matches her enthusiasm and willingness to dig down. Luckily for the rest of us Libby lives, thinks and creates. Our world is better for it.”

Dr. Amanda Miles, Ed.D

“Can’t imagine being more blessed than to not only own a print by Elizabeth Reed, but to proudly display it in my yoga studio. And it could not be more appropriate.  Every time my eyes rest on this drawing I am filled with awe at the talent, and execution. Breathtaking.”

Valeda Jennings

Mandala Yoga Studio

Sneetches teach lessons about diversity

Lessons About Diversity Taught by The Sneetches

I read voraciously to my children when they were young. Dr. Seuss was my absolute favorite. The Sneetches envision prejudice and racism from the eyes of a child. Dr. Seuss makes prejudice look ridiculous. Here's how this children's story teaches lessons about...
Individual Environmental responsibility IMPETUS-large graphite-drawing-about hydro-electric-power by artist Elizabeth Reed

Happy Earth Day! So…What’s Your Individual Environmental Responsibility?

Happy Earth Day! So...What’s Your Individual Environmental Responsibility?   The History of Earth Day Individual Environmental Responsibility was non-existent before 1970. The Viet Nam war was raging and hippie culture was in full swing. Our cars were inefficient...
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Spring Mental Weeding – Regrets or What ifs?

Spring Mental Weeding Regrets or "What Ifs?"   “Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.” Native American Indian (Kiowa) Proverb   Spring Mental Weeding. Spring is the time for reflection, rebirth and new growth. Most of us are sick of working long hours...
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Last Night I Almost Sipped and Sassed-It Was a Close One!

  Last Night I Almost Sipped and Sassed... It Was A Close One! How I Applied The Slight Edge to Remain a Sober Sister   It was a close one. I was soooo tempted. I almost Sipped and Sassed last night.   That wonderful ritual of wine-o'clock. You know it...time to...
FIRE and IKIGAI

Don’t Hang Up!…This is the Fire Department!

Don't Hang Up!...This is the Fire Department! Fire and IKIGAI   Yup. I invited my friends for chili and a fire-pit last Friday night. Hint: A great way to clean your house is to invite friends for dinner. My brilliant idea of starting the chili in the cast iron...
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Thanksgiving – I See You!

Thanksgiving and the Declaration of Interdependence On Sunday morning, while I gathered my things for a 30-mile bike ride on AIA with my friend, Georgeta Fondos, I listened to “On Being” on NPR. Krista Tippett interviewed poet laureate Richard Blanco about his book,...
Lee Bontecou

The Influence of Lee Bontecou

The Influence of Lee Bontecou In 2005, my mom was always in the hospital. She had the good taste to go to Northwestern on the Northside of Chicago, spitting distance from The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Lee Bontecou's retrospective was exhibited while I was...
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Our Little Roses Ministries – Self Portrait Project

Our Little Roses Ministries - The Self Portrait Project April, 2013 This life-changing adventure started when my 15-year-old daughter, Mem, wanted to go on a mission trip to Honduras. Our Youth Group director from St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church had a hard time...
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What is a Visual Biography?

How do we visually describe time? What compositional tools are the most effective? Time could be images laid in a “time” line. A linear composition would present images in order.

Practicing for Nyeopi in Bali

"Art hurts,

art urges voyages,

and it is easier to stay home."

Gwendolyn Brooks

 

 

Join me on the Fine Art Visual Biographies voyage.

Periodic stories of wisdom and inspiration.

Alright! Let's Go! Andiamo!