Elizabeth Reed

fine art portraits

visual biographies

 

Commission a Portrait by Elizabeth Reed

Fine art portraits are a unique way to honor someone special. Your vision and budget my priority. I prefer to work from life but it is not always possible (especially now in the time of pandemic.)

Commission a Portrait by Elizabeth Reed

I have spent a lifetime learning to paint fine art portraits. I look for the “Gestalt,” the way you hold your head, the way you gesture when you talk. My goal is to transcend the likeness to create your “visual biography.”

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LIFE in the time of Corona Virus

I have found or organized a life drawing group wherever I lived and traveled. Artists share information freely so we build friendships that last a lifetime. Corona Virus lock down did not stop this community. Our artist friends have met from all parts of the country to draw our models on zoom.

I call these small paintings, “Paint Therapy.” Making loose expressive paintings that say more with less has been a challenge and a pleasure. My models have posed in their homes, sometimes invaded by their pets and kids. These fine art portraits are scenes from home that help us relate to each other in a virtual space. Our freedom is restricted but we are all in this together.

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LIFE

in the Time of Corona Virus

 I have found or organized a life drawing group wherever I lived and traveled. Artists share information freely so we build friendships that last a lifetime. Corona Virus lock down did not stop this community. Our artist friends have met from all parts of the country to draw our models on zoom.

I call these small paintings, “Paint Therapy.” Making loose expressive paintings that say more with less has been a challenge and a pleasure. My models have posed in their homes, sometimes invaded by their pets and kids. These fine art portraits are scenes from home that help us relate to each other in a virtual space. Our freedom is restricted but we are all in this together.

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The FAÇeADE Project

The FAÇeADE Project’s mission is to link individuals to the human experience through fine art portraits. These people gave me the time to paint them from life while sharing their story. We recorded our conversation and documented their experiences.

fine art portraits by Elizabeth Reed

The FAÇeADE Project

The FAÇeADE Project’s mission is to link individuals to the human experience through fine art portraits. These people gave me the time to paint them from life while sharing their story. We recorded our conversation and documented their experiences.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Trouvaille!

Trouvaille, something or someone lovely discovered by chance. Fine art portraits inspired by people I have met along the way.

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Trouvaille!

Trouvaille, something or someone lovely discovered by chance. Fine art portraits inspired by people I have met along the way.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Trouvaille!

Trouvaille, something or someone lovely discovered by chance. Portraits from my travels.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Surface Tension

On April 20, 2010, The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, damaging the environment and wildlife. These drawings are my reaction to the spill and our responsibility to the environment.

My drawings challenge you to consider solutions by comparing unrelated images. We can reduce global warming and restore the balance between man and nature by developing alternative energy sources. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the consequence of our insatiable need for energy. It is our global responsibility that it never happens again.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Surface Tension

On April 20, 2010, The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, damaging the environment and wildlife. These drawings are my reaction to the spill and our responsibility to the environment.

My drawings challenge you to consider solutions by comparing unrelated images. We can reduce global warming and restore the balance between man and nature by developing alternative energy sources. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the consequence of our insatiable need for energy. It is our global responsibility that it never happens again.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Surface Tension

On April 20, 2010, The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, damaging the environment and wildlife. These drawings are my reaction to the spill and our responsibility to the environment.

My drawings challenge you to consider solutions by comparing unrelated images. We can reduce global warming and restore the balance between man and nature by developing alternative energy sources. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the consequence of our insatiable need for energy. It is our global responsibility that it never happens again.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Graphite and Silverpoint Drawings

These award winning drawings were inspired by the Lee Bontecou’s retrospective at MOCA Chicago. I am attracted to the nuances I achieve with graphite and silverpoint. Making these drawings is like playing music with a gentle touch.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Graphite and Silverpoint Drawings

These award winning drawings were inspired by the Lee Bontecou’s retrospective at MOCA Chicago. I am attracted to the nuances I achieve with graphite and silverpoint. Making these drawings is like playing music with a gentle touch.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Graphite and Silverpoint Drawings

These award winning drawings were inspired by the Lee Bontecou’s retrospective at MOCA Chicago. I am attracted to the nuances I achieve with graphite and silverpoint. Making these drawings is like playing music with a gentle touch.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Vestiges

I live in South Florida where I share my suburban home with reptiles, tropical birds, and amphibians. The coral beneath my feet once was a slow-moving river. It is now drained to accommodate lawns, streets, and parks.

The Vestige series compares images with similar shape and differing meaning. Each composition compares a human element with a natural element. The spine is the human center of mobility and function. The Everglades were once a spine of percolating coral and limestone until destroyed by development. These drawings are an homage to the Everglades.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Vestiges

I live in South Florida where I share my suburban home with reptiles, tropical birds, and amphibians. The coral beneath my feet once was a slow-moving river. It is now drained to accommodate lawns, streets, and parks.

The Vestige series compares images with similar shape and differing meaning. Each composition compares a human element with a natural element. The spine is the human center of mobility and function. The Everglades were once a spine of percolating coral and limestone until destroyed by development. These drawings are an homage to the Everglades.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Vestiges

I live in South Florida where I share my suburban home with reptiles, tropical birds, and amphibians. The coral beneath my feet once was a slow-moving river. It is now drained to accommodate lawns, streets, and parks.

The Vestige series compares images with similar shape and differing meaning. Each composition compares a human element with a natural element. The spine is the human center of mobility and function. The Everglades were once a spine of percolating coral and limestone until destroyed by development. These drawings are an homage to the Everglades.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Gifts from the Sea

This series of imaginary shells was inspired by Anne Morrow Lindberg’s book “A Gift from the Sea.” Lindberg wrote the book during a sabbatical on the west coast of Florida. I took three words from her comparison of shells to a woman’s life – a vessel, a shield and a cradle. These pieces have power in a group.

Fine art portratis by artist Elizabeth Reed

Gifts from the Sea

This series of imaginary shells was inspired by Anne Morrow Lindberg’s book “A Gift from the Sea.” Lindberg wrote the book during a sabbatical on the west coast of Florida. I took three words from her comparison of shells to a woman’s life – a vessel, a shield and a cradle. These pieces have power in a group.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

Gifts from the Sea

This series of imaginary shells was inspired by Anne Morrow Lindberg’s book “A Gift from the Sea.” Lindberg wrote the book during a sabbatical on the west coast of Florida. I took three words from her comparison of shells to a woman’s life – a vessel, a shield and a cradle. These pieces have power in a group.

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

LIFE!  and from life

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

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

LIFE!  and from life

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

Fine art portraits by artist Elizabeth Reed

LIFE!  and from life

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

Fine art 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.

For’ever Grateful and Inspired,

Gage Parrot

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,...

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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...

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Practicing for Nyeopi in Bali

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art urges voyages,

and it is easier to stay home."

Gwendolyn Brooks

 

 

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