Liz Pawlak, formerly of Santa Fe, NM, now lives in St. Paul.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Liz studied oil painting under Laurie Toth from 1989 to 2009 at the Dakota Center for the Arts in Eagan, MN. In addition, she has taken several workshops in pastel painting, portrait and life drawing and painting both in Santa Fe and Minneapolis. She continues to take workshops at The Atelier in Minneapolis.
Liz has had solo and group shows, displaying works in oil, acrylic and pastel, in Santa Fe, New Mexico and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Collections of Liz's works are found in the Twin Cities, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, Denmark, England and Bolivia.
As an artist, I work diligently to create paintings that speak to me about the places that I have traveled or my experiences. I am constantly searching for ways to express myself and the world around me. Because each experience is different, I cannot paint in just one medium or style.
My recent works reflect my deep emotions about the planet and the injustices of our world. Some paintings show these transgressions while others convey my hopes and desires for a just and loving planet. Each piece embodies research and soul searching.
I am an oil painter, an acylic painter and a pastel artist. Each medium is used for a different purpose.
I use oils exclusively for portraits because I can control the colors and fluidity of the paints. Most of my portraits are created for parents whose children have passed away far too young. I feel an intimacy with these loved ones . . . that is too difficult to describe.
I also use use oils for landscapes.
Soft pastels capture the softness of the clouds or edginess of a ridge to a create a sense of oneness.
Finally, I enjoy creating abstract paintings using acrylic. I like the way it flows sometimes uncontrollably. It's fun to see where the paint takes me.
If you stop to look at my work, I know that I have created something that reasonates with you and I thank you.