About the Art

Though there are clearly some constant themes throughout my work, I tend to think of each painting I make as a unique and individual piece. But, if I had to pin it down, I'd say the overall spirit conveyed frequently contains considerable tension, psychological unease... between thought and action, between memory and perception, between behavior and drive. Often times this theme stands in contrast to the gestural lines and subtle edges that characterize my technique. It's an impressionist style that traps my figures in another time or state of being.

I believe painting is like a dream, a kind of magic mirror into the subconscious. I've always done a great deal of figurative work and I see aspects of myself, my personal pyschological make-up, in all my early paintings. Gradually I've shifted away from the immediately personal and toward the archetypal. Most recently I've been doing quite a few landscapes that are more sentimental and harmonious than past works. My technique has gotten even more velvety and indistinct. I've been playing with white and saturating light. I want to invite the minds of the viewers to define the boundaries between objects (and symbols) according to their own memories and perceptions. My paintings have become all twilight and autumn.

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Artist Biography

A fifth-generation Californian, Greig was raised with the stories of the Old West and the beautiful, rugged California wilderness: rocky coastline, alpine lakes and blooming deserts. The flavor of these stories runs as an undercurrent throughout her work today. The figures and the settings may be modern, but the overall tenor of her work is quiet, nostalgic and dreamlike.

Elizabeth was born in Camarillo, just north of Los Angeles. She says she was born to be an artist, drawing constantly from the time she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her artistic abilities always got a lot of attention from peers but she had little formal training as an artist until she took a drawing class for fun during her sophomore year of college. With the encouragement of her drawing teacher, she switched majors and completed a BA degree in art in 1996.

For the first two years after college, Cawelti worked as an art teacher at Cornerstone school in Camarillo. Since then, she has worked as a graphic designer, gradually shifting from print advertising to freelance illustration and web design. She has lived in Arizona, Hawaii and Georgia, returning home to California in 2004 to raise a family.

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