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Elizabeth Langreiter’s first artistic success was at the age of 6 when she won 50cents in a Sun Herald Paint a Poster competition.
She then showed no further interest in art for many years and she did not pick up another paint brush until 2009 when she had a very sudden desire to start to paint which was very surprising to her family and friends and herself.
Around that time she had been playing tennis and suffered quite a hard hit to the head from her partner serving the ball. The hit on the head caused enough trauma that she sought medical assistance. In the meantime she began to paint and could not believe how much she loved the process. Her family and friends were amazed but very encouraging. Her husband was getting a bit concerned though with all the paintings that were starting to stack up around the house. Elizabeth thought maybe she could try to sell some and then decided to join the Ewart Gallery and Workshop Arts Centre at Willoughby. She found they were soon having their Annual Art Fair. She rashly put her name down to try to sell a painting or two hopefully. She could not believe it when she sold 9 paintings that day and was commissioned to paint another 4. She was so encouraged by this success and she has not stopped painting since that day. She is a prolific painter and every spare moment is spent happily painting. Elizabeth now displays and sells her paintings through 3 cafes – NOC Café Willoughby, Castle Cove Café and Oscars Café at Rose Bay. She has sold many paintings since this first art fair including one incredible collector buying 12 of her paintings from NOC Café.
But it was only after watching a 60 minutes segment in 2012 that she realized something really happened that day she was hit on the back of the head. The segment was on people receiving a head injury and then discovering a talent they never had before. It is also worth noting however that Elizabeth does come from an artistic family with her father enjoying painting ever since she can remember, her mother being keen illustrator and her brother a talented artist. So the artistic talents may have always been there but just needed that “knock” to bring them out.
Elizabeth paints in acrylics because she loves the infinite techniques you can use. She is constantly experimenting with colour, textures, mediums and varnishes.
Elizabeth sees endless possible ways to create. Sometimes she throws paint around in a frenzy and other times it is a slow meditative process. Every painting is different and her style varies from abstract to whimsical. One constant is colour. Elizabeth loves rich vibrant colours and likes people to smile when they view her art. Elizabeth feels so rewarded when people who have bought her paintings tell her how happy it makes them feel.
Elizabeth is available for commissions though she is based in Austria from February 2013 until January 2014 - see her website for examples of commissioned artworks.
Her paintings will be still available through the three cafes NOC Willoughby, Castle Cove Café and Oscars Rose Bay whilst she is in Austria.