Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
Elisabeth Vismans and I have been an artist for 10 years. I always wanted to go to art school but growing up in the flower power age in the Netherlands my father didn’t think that was a good idea, so I went into the corporate world and didn’t pursue my passion to paint until my children were in college. I loved it. It felt like coming home.
What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work with oil paint because of the texture, the smell, the colors, its slow drying and the fact that I can manipulate it in so many ways. I love to use different techniques from alla prima to glazes.
What is your creative process like?
For my creative process I need a block of at least two undisturbed hours, all my colors out so I don’t have to think about my palette, music, bare feet so I can be in touch with the earth and maybe a glass of red wine.
What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
Wow that’s a hard one to answer as I have received so much great advice but the best probably is to look at the subject matter from a different angle/perspective then everybody else does, to come up with a unique composition and to make the viewer see the subject matter in a new light. In other words to paint from your intuition with your own “voice” from within. You can copy old masters to learn, but be your own master, don’t follow, be a leader and let others follow you.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
The biggest challenge is by far my own Saboteur. I want to be able to paint freely without any self judgment. I am what you call a “self-taught” artist and need to keep reminding myself that with all the hours I put in, with all the paintings I have painted, with all the shows I have done, and with the Awards I received over the years, I am as good an artist as anybody with a fine art degree.
Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece.
The Firefighter – oil on canvas. I lived in Boulder, CO for a year and in that period of time I learned a lot about wild fires and the brave fire fighters. Wild fires were all around and ever present during the summer months. Coming from the Netherlands where we fear the water I had never experienced a force of nature like fire. This was a new and eye opening experience to me and I felt the urge to paint it. I have so much respect for the fire fighters out there. I love painting with vibrant colors so painting fires is in my nature. My dream is to make enough paintings with not only fires but with the brave men and women fighting the fires to have a show in a fire house in Denver and donate some of the proceeds to the wild fire fighters.
What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
This is my first AOM experience and I love the idea of having a big place where artists and art lovers can mingle and see that everybody can be an artist and everybody is an artist. I am also a life coach and coach with paint. In my workshops people paint from their subconscious mind – the right brain – exactly what goes on deep inside. The right brain doesn’t judge, it cannot manipulate with thoughts and or words like the left brain, it gives an unbiased look at your true self. In one word: AMAZING and a powerful start to change your life and connect to your true self. Making art is the new meditation and it’s wonderful to bring it to young and old. There is not enough emphasis on creativity in our world. We all need to be art ambassadors.
You can see more of Elisabeth’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the second floor, space 3-041.