A successful representational painting transcends technique and gimmickry, eliciting from the viewer a sense of connection with the truer nature of the subject. In the best of these works we are taken, almost unwittingly, into the heart of the painting. Here we feel, down to the bone, the more intrinsic qualities of a scene be they lovely or disturbing, either way we are mesmerized. If we are very lucky our own hearts are broken open”
Elizabeth Pollie’s exposure to the arts came at an early age. Taken to museums, enrolled in classes by her parents and influenced by her father’s love and practice of art and architecture, she was always clear about her path in life. “Working within the field of visual arts never seemed like a choice, but rather a place of true belonging”. She enrolled in college art classes while still in high school and went on to receive an education at a formal Art School. She earned her B.F.A. at The College For Creative Studies where she later taught.
Harboring a deep love of travel and art history, Elizabeth has combined her travels with her painting practice. The images that she creates are imbued with a sense of poetry, mood and depth.
The artist paints full time and teaches from her studio, West Wind Atelier in Harbor Springs, Mi. Her paintings reside in both public and private collections here and abroad and have received much national recognition.
Elizabeth has found a deep sense of place within the rekindled practice of representational painting in America. Of this movement Pollie reflects, “ It is celebration, an homage and in many ways a joyous homecoming. I am pleased to be a part of it.
Recent Awards and Exhibits
2011 Oil Painters Of America 20th National Exhibit. 2nd Place Silver Medal, Coeur D’Alene Idaho
2010, Mackinac Island Richard and Jane Manoogian Fine Arts Museum $5000.00 Purchase Award
2010 Best of Show, June Bold Brush Fine Art Competition
2010 Richeson 75 still life and Floral exhibition, 2nd Place
2010 Best of Show, Salmagundi Club, Non-Members Show. New York, NY
2010 OPA Eastern Regional, Walls Gallery, Wilmington NC
2010 American Women Artist’s National Show. Award of Merit. Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX
2009, 1st Place Oil, HHAL National Exhibit, Hilton Head, S.C