I am so happy to be bringing you another series of artist interviews and especially happy to start things off by introducing you to the ‘wonder full’
|‘Art of Me’ by Elizabeth McGlasson A Self Portrait|
Who is, “Elizabeth McGlasson”? Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a self-taught artist that lives in the desert with my family and four dogs.
Why and how did you become an artist?
I do believe people who identify as artists start out as artists and they will be drawn to it their whole lives. You are called to it in ways that people, who don’t share your affinity for it, do not understand. I wanted to create cool things so I taught my self to create cool things and time and practice has only made me more excited about what I do for a living.
|My Love by Elizabeth McGlasson|
Your series of digital work revolving around Aidan Turner is amazing. Why did you start on such a series and how do you keep the inspiration flowing to keep creating more?
I am not sure why painting his face comes so easy to me. Having been a fan for several years now, I’ve certainly looked at him long enough but capturing him digitally – with any sort of success or accuracy – was as much a surprise to me as it was to others.
I started the first official series of him with his television show, Poldark, then moved on to the one I am doing now, which are re-created 1930s mug shots of the character, Phillip Lombard, who he’s portraying in the BBC production ‘And then there were none.’
Every artist has a muse. I have no clue why he is mine but he very much seems to be.
What is the most challenging part about working digitally?
The digital framework is limitless and my challenges arrive when I try to do something I have never done or don’t know how to do. I have a tendency to get frustrated and throw temper-fits at myself when things aren’t going how I think they should be and then delete the whole projected. Of course, you can’t come back from that. Other than a occasional fit of impatience – the platform is limitless.
|Savage by Elizabeth McGlasson|
What’s been your greatest artistic success?
Hands down – it has been The Cornwall Series that I created around the characters of the Poldark program. A calendar of the images was given to Aidan Turner (and by all accounts, he was thrilled with it) – there is also a poster of my art hanging in the Mammoth Screen production offices – the group behind the show. That is surreal to me!
Is your art hanging or displayed in your home? If so, where and how? If not, why not? What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?
I do have my art hanging in my house – mostly in my bedroom around and in my work space. I also collect Day of the Dead tiles, so I have several of them displayed in a grouping on my wall. Besides that, I have a deep connection to photos of abandoned things. I love the photos of Niki Feijen – he is a Dutch photographer who travels around Europe capturing images of life in decay. It reminds you how fragile the world around us is.
|Weapons Charge by Elizabeth McGlasson|
Where else in your life does your creativity emerge on a regular basis besides in your art?
I like to cross stitch – anything to keep my hands busy. I can’t imagine sitting still.
“Paint” a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.
Brave. Loud. Funny. Humble. Insomniac. Childish. Loyal. Encouraging. Tattooed. Mom.
Thank you so much Elizabeth, for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.
If you would like to see more of Elizabeth’s art, you can find her at the following links: