As long as I can remember, all I ever wanted to be was an artist. My parents gave me encouragement early on, and never dissuaded me from choosing the path of an artist. In fact, it was my father who gave me my very first drawing lesson in the garage, and my beautiful mother was always my greatest fan.
Much to everyone's astonishment, I did receive an art degree from San Jose State University, but it was my early basement business "Tiles by Lizzie" that taught me what being an artist really means. Exposing your heart and thoughts through the medium of paint is both scary and humbling. It has taken an immense amount of courage to share this particular part of my life with the outside world.
Animals and trees are my greatest source of inspiration, and always have been. I feel that trees are the true rulers of this planet, and the animals and birds and bees who live in and around them truly understand what they are, and what they mean to us all. The worth of trees is immeasurable. Even some of my barren landscapes, devoid of trees, are about the interconnectedness of all living things. It's what I see in my mind, and wish to express in my work.
At this juncture of my life, I make absolutely no apologies for the silliness that springs forth in some of my paintings. I can't be dark and brooding, because I'm not. I can't pretend to be tortured, because I know how truly blessed I am. My paintings come from my ridiculous heart, and my only wish is to spread a little joy in the world with my art.