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Elizabeth Carr was born in Coco Solo, Panama, reared in a military family, traveled around most of the U.S. and Germany, then married a Naval officer and repeated the pattern for several years, before finally settling in Acworth, GA in 1985.
She has been studying watercolor painting for most of her adult life and struggling to find a balance between her mothering/homeschooling career and her love for watercolors. For more than 25 years, she has practically kept her fine arts talent on the back burner, although she never totally abandoned her call as a watercolorist. “When I could not find time to paint, I would spend what little energy I had left at the end of my day, pouring over my beloved watercolor magazines, reading them cover to cover, and painting hundreds of pictures in my mind. I literally dreamed watercolor!” Apparently, this is not such a poor method, for she has been the recipient of many awards through those years. Diversity of subject and method is her strong point, choosing to use whatever method best suits the subject matter and feeling she wishes to convey at the time. She has attained Signature Membership of both the Georgia Watercolor Society and The Watercolor Society of Alabama, and is a current member of Gallery 4463 in Acworth, GA. Although, she works primarily in watercolors, she is competent in oil painting, pastels and drawing and enjoys the added challenge of commissioned portraits. Teaching what she has learned to others is a great source of enjoyment and growth. She currently teaches adult watercolor at Kennesaw State University’s Continuing Education and Gallery 4463.
Today, many of her paintings are held in private collections nationwide.
Art Major, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Art Major, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA
Marilyn Hughey Phillis
Winsor & Newton Award, American Watercolor Society International Exhibit, 2011
Finalist 2010 Artist's Magazine National Competition
Combined Award, 2005 Watercolor Society of
Alabama National Exhibition, Auburn, AL
People’s Choice Award, 2005 Art of the Golden Generation, KSU
Third Place, 2005 The World of Art, South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA
First and Third Place in Watercolor, 2005 Spring Art Exhibit, North Cobb Arts League, Kennesaw, GA
Third Place, 2004 Cherokee County Open Juried Art Competition
Best of Show, 2004 North Fulton Regional Juried Art Exhibition
Honorable Mention, GWS Membership Show 2003
First Place and Honorable Mention, Watercolor, Fall 2003, Fine Arts Society of Kennesaw
First Place, South Cobb Arts Alliance “Art from the Heart” 2003
Best of Show and First Place, Watercolor, Spring 2003 Fine Arts Society of Kennesaw
Best of Show, 'Marvelous Light', Sept., 2008
“For the Beauty of the Earth”, Bowen Cultural Arts Center, Dawsonville, GA May – June, 2007
2003-07 Georgia Watercolor Society’s National and Member Juried Exhibitions
2005 &2006 Metro Montage, Cobb/Marietta Museum of Art
Watercolor Society of Alabama, 2004 &2005,2007 National Juried Exhibitions
The Art Station at Big Shanty, Paintings by Elizabeth Carr and Peter Gebhardt (Fall, 2004)
A National View at Grandview 2004, Atlanta Artists Center
North Fulton Regional 2003 Juried Art Exhibition
Atlanta Artists Center 31st Annual Members Traveling Show 2003
Atlanta Artists Center Winners’ Circle Show 2003
Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2000