Color Has the Power To Influence

Shea Stanfield

Painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky once told his students that “The observer must learn to look at the picture as a graphic representation of a mood and not representation of objects.”

 

Such is the artistic representational expressions of local artist Elizabeth Moore.  Much in the spirit of Kandinsky, Elizabeth’s canvases glow with brilliant, lush, colors.  Energized by flashes of quickly expressed emotions represented with spiraling, bold, and expressive line gestures.  The combination of elements creates a composition that seems to dance through the space in which it occupies.

 

Elizabeth grew up where her parents were born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa.  Never considering herself an artist, she attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, majoring in psychology and education.  She later went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Psychology at California State University in Northridge, Calif.

Little did she suspect at the time, that the foundation was forming for her career in fine art years later.  Elizabeth studied Organizational Development at the Sloan School of Management at MIT in Boston, and accepted a position as a personnel director in the human resources department for a Boston area hospital.

 

Later, she became an organization consultant, working with a variety of organizations that were planning on change.  Mid-career Elizabeth returned to college earning a second Master’s Degree in Organization Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif.

 

While working in consulting Elizabeth taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston State College, Suffolk University, and the University of Maryland, University College.

 

In 2003, Elizabeth’s father purchased a home in Sun City West and she recalls her first visit to Arizona was nothing short of spectacular.  The warm, sunny climate of the Sonoran Desert and the overall beauty of the desert landscape captivated both Elizabeth and her husband.

 

As a result, they decided to purchase a home in Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ in preparation for retirement.  Today, Elizabeth is an active member of the West Valley’s arts community.  She is one of 15 artists who rents studio space at WHAM, a community art center located in Surprise.  She also maintains a studio space in Grantham, N.H. where she and her husband spend their summers.

 

But it is WHAM that Elizabeth appreciates most because of the opportunities afforded for artists to network, critique each other’s work, exchange advice and suggestions for improvement, and display their art in a magnificent gallery open to the public.

 

“I am an experimental artist.  Rarely do I plan my work in advance.  Typically, I dive in and watch what happens,” Elizabeth said about her creative process.  “I love lots of color texture and text.”

 

She wrote her doctoral dissertation on corporate cultures, so cultural artifacts have always been a big part of Elizabeth’s way of thinking about her career and painting.  She reveals in the hidden messages and words adding a mystery to her work.  She explains, “They are not revealed unless the viewer invests the time and attention necessary to decipher them.  This adds to the fun and mystery.”

 

Recently the National Watercolor Society, Glendale Arts Council, Peoria Arts Council, Vanguard Artists, Arizona Artists Alliance, West Valley Arts Council, Holland Gallery, Rio Salado College, and WHAM have displayed Elizabeth Moore’s work in exhibits.

 

In April 2018 she was juried into a show with seven other New England Artists at the annual Selections Exhibit at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H.

 

Later this fall, Elizabeth will be in an exhibit at the Holland Gallery in North Scottsdale, entitled “Actions and Reactions.” That exhibit will run from October 26 to November 29, 2018, with the reception for the show on November 10 from 4 -6 p.m.

 

Contact Arts Columnist, Shea Stanfield, on flowingquill@yahoo.com.