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Meet Liz Weibler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Weibler.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I began studying art as a child, learning all that I could from my brother Jim and my father, Philip. While in high school, I enrolled in the early college program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continued there for three semesters of undergrad. I always considered traveling to be essential to creative inspiration, so as soon as I had a car, I headed south out of Chicago. My first stop was Austin, Texas, where I sold the car and bought a travel camper. I spent months on the road, traveling through Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon and finally Washington state.

After living in Oregon and Northern California for several years, I decided to relocate to Tucson, Arizona in 1999. In 2006, I moved to New York City for a costuming position. Still missing the California coast, I decided in 2008 to try finding an artist space in Oakland, California. Unsuccessful at finding an appropriate studio to live and work in, I began to daydream of living in some small historic town. The opportunity arose quickly and I moved to an Artist Collective in the old mining town of Miami, Arizona, where I spent two intensive winters dedicated to finding myself as an artist. When I decided to come back to Tucson in 2010, it was with newfound confidence that my creative journey would continue to expand. My work now includes a lot of experimentation with mixed media and texture as well as the vivid and dynamic colors I am known for.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
Often my work begins with a line gesture in graphite or oil that I visualize when looking at the blank canvas. Then I start seeing colors and applying the paint with various means- pallet knives and large brushes are a couple of my favorites, but I’ve also started paintings by thinning the paint and drizzling it onto the canvas I place on the floor. I use various instruments to create texture, including modeling paste, screening, fabric and paper scraps, among others. Some of my work is three dimensional, with canvas stretching out and being manipulated off of the frame.

My work is inspired by the city I live in and by the impressive expanse of Arizona… Because my work is abstract, every viewer has a subjective reaction, and I enjoy hearing what different people see in it. Many of my works can be hung in multiple orientations, and I encourage my clients to rotate the work according to their preference. I enjoy listening to music while I paint and allowing myself the freedom of experimentation with each new piece.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think that the artist’s role has remained steady throughout the centuries; we are a reflection of the influences around us and will continue to create as a means to process how we interpret that world. Though my work is abstract, many of my personal emotions come through in my color pallet and brush strokes. Although sociopolitical issues are involved in some of my work, it is not the main focus- I am much more interested in exploring techniques, mediums, and textures. However, I always allow myself the freedom to comment on our culture and believe it remains an important role of the artist in society.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen in several formats; via my website, ,  on Instagram at , and I also have a Facebook page;  Reproductions of my artwork can be ordered and shipped directly to you through Fine Art America . People can support my work by visiting any of these sites and by coming to Openings and Pop-up markets that I participate in, including The Tucson Artists Open Studio Tour, which has been expanded to two weekends in the fall and two weekends in the spring to accommodate the number of working artists here in The Old Pueblo.

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