Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson is an Orlando based artist, like me. I was so excited to learn that she lives in the same area. I love her work! She really inspires me! Elizabeth is a collage artist, developing brightly colored paintings, with incredible style and texture. All of the small pieces of patterned paper come together to develop an amazing composition. Check out some of her work (all images taken from her website) and her online links below.
Elizabeth was kind enough to allow me to feature her on my blog for this month's artist spotlight. Here are her answers to my questions:
How long have you been painting and how did you get your start?
I have a BFA from SU but have been painting all my life. My high school art teacher was very inspiring.
I love your unique style. How did you discover it?
The style has been an evolution over years of trial and error.
What or who inspires you most?
My favorite artist of all time is Gustav Klimt. I appreciate his combination of graphic design and patterning with realistic shading and rendering.
What subject do you enjoy painting most and why?
I enjoy whimsical subject matter that makes people smile. Often times this is colorful animals or botanicals.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Favorites include Lisa Daria, Kimberly Kelly Santini, Peter Clark, Ellen Lindner, and Margaret Dyer.
What advice do you have for new artists?
Advice for new artists is to understand that art is a business, you need to spend at least 50% of your efforts on self promotion.
What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Colorful, fun, generous, empathetic, energetic.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for taking the time to answer my questions. I hope to take a collage class from you soon. Best wishes!
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