Visual Art History
There are three strands to the artistic work produced by Liz. Quick line drawings, oil paintings and the larger works of set design. Liz has worked in Scotland where had her own small gallery from 1976 to 1982. She was a member of the Aberdeen Artist Association. Many of her works are in private collections both here and abroad. She moved from Old Trafford where she displayed work at the Vernon Mill Gallery in Stockport. She has drawn inspiration from frequent visit to North Wales.
Liz has a keen interest in theatre. She was commissioned by the company at the Aberdeen Art Centre to design and produce their sets, this resulted in Liz gaining a place on the Actors Equity Designers register. Liz designed the set for the production of When the Wind Blows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2005.
Sketches. Line and wash drawings done quickly to catch the moment. People with no faces but the body movement says it all. They reflect the images of the day be it the beach at Llandudno, the market in Oldham, Victoria Station or Nonsuch Park - it is the people going about ordinary activities who fascinate.
Paintings in Oil using a palette knife so that the pictures have a relief. With an interest in the forms and colours of buildings, particularly those that are not in good repair, her work has frequently become the only record of past urban landscape. Rural landscapes and foreground plants are given life and depth with the thickness of the paint. Liz also paints with brushes.
Small scale touring – where the set could be packed into a van and set up quickly at each new school hall or community centre.
Theatre in the Round – Dinner Theatre and Murder Mystery productions touring to hotel function rooms where the performance took place in the middle of the room and was more reliant on props than backdrops.
Large scale Productions in halls with a stage with a proscenium arch, requiring backdrops and full staging. Design approved by director and executed by a team of painters under instruction from Liz.
Liz has had work shown in The Milton Gallery, Banchory; The Art Shop, Stonehaven; Meffan Gallery, Forfar; The Arts Centre and Peacock, Aberdeen; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Vernon Mill, Stockport; Green Light Theatre, Manchester; Old Trafford Artists Exhibition; Actor’s Centre Manchester; New Harvest Theatre Company; Syndicate Theatre Company; Guildford School of Acting; North East Theatre Aberdeen, Sutton Arts Council, Bayswater Road Kennsington.