A touch of emotion and the spirit of love flow through all of Elizabeth Silk's art, communicating unspoken, soul-felt words.
Elizabeth's passion to reach and touch the soul is apparent in the intensity that is reflected in the eyes of her spirits and animals. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Love, compassion, pride, despair, anger, fear, introspection, understanding, intimacy, passion and freedom - all are explored in Elizabeth's creations. Careful attention is paid to evoke a unique response from every individual that casts eyes on her work. The complexity of human emotion relays a feeling of fulfillment.
In her own words, 'Love is the basic ingredient; do all things with love and your creation will be of the purest form. There is a magnificent feeling of fulfillment when seemingly from nothing appears onto canvas an image from the soul.'
Most of Elizabeth's paintings are spiritually inspired, with the exception of the occasional portrait or commissioned piece. Many paintings are spontaneous in their creative and evolutionary direction, with only music for inspiration. A lot of the time, the music would be Native American or New Age meditation; however, once in a while, U2 and loud rock & roll! But whatever the motivation or creative catalyst may be, an image, a message, and part of Elizabeth's own identity always flow onto the canvas from her heart and spirit; sometimes effortlessly, sometimes with great concentration, emotion, and maybe even a few tears... but always with sincerity, free expression, and boundless enthusiasm!
Elizabeth has a unique style that has been described as 'ethereal'. However, she describes it as being 'Emotion and Motion'. Movement is very evident in her work to depict the passionate life. Elizabeth has also been described as portraying sensuality through her work. In answer to this, she states, 'We are sentient beings. So many people believe that sensuality and spirituality cannot co-exist. However, I believe they are one in the same. Passion is more than just a feeling; it is who we are!'
Elizabeth's unique painting style is no different from that of any other great artist, in the sense that the tiny details of her brush strokes, the layering and flow of the strokes, and the way in which paint and color are distributed within brush strokes can be as distinctive as fingerprints, and can be relied upon by experts to declare, 'This is an Elizabeth Silk Original!' Because of this 'signature' style, Elizabeth's work will always be recognizable as her own, and it's largely responsible for the passionate, flowing nature of her images, appearing as though the paint is still liquid and forever in motion on the canvas.
As a child, Elizabeth was raised by her grandparents in Merseyside, England (Liverpool). Her parents were an English mother and a Native American Sioux father. In her adult life, Elizabeth has followed her Native American Ancestral beliefs. She portrays American Indians not as victims, but as passionate, proud and strong. Romancing a freedom of their soul that lives through us all, Elizabeth awakens an undaunted Spirit and allows it to emerge.
Elizabeth has studied at the Laird School of Art, Wallasey Art College, and Liverpool Polytechnic. She has shown her art in and around the United States and Europe, including the prestigious Liverpool Art Gallery.
Since the mid-1990's, Elizabeth has lived in Sedona, Arizona, where many artists are concentrated because of the energy that is so conducive to creativity. Elizabeth's style changed dramatically upon being introduced to Sedona, from stoic to free, by a message she received when struggling with what to promote: 'Do what you love, with only love in mind, and people who see it will admire, respect and want it.'
The first year, it proved to be so. Tourists loved her work and were moved so deeply that they wished to meet the artist personally, and she often obliged. 'To be able to make such a significant impression on people is terrific!'
Elizabeth has recently brought her sculpting ability to the direction of Spirit. As quoted by Elizabeth, 'Sculpting is really exciting. The face of what I believe to be Indian Spirits changes form many times. I have to surrender and let them emerge without force. Their beings are proud and enigmatic.'
Good News! Do you live in Hawaii? Are you planning a trip to Maui? If so, you can view my art in one of Hawaiis most diverse and innovative fine art galleries, just steps from the ocean with spectacular sunsets, in an area where tourists visit, browse, play and dine consistently, and where discriminating art collectors are always on the lookout for rare and unique art. You can purchase my available originals here, as well as fine Giclιe prints of my art, direct from this premiere gallery:
505 Front Street
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761