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Rising Stars: Meet Elizabeth Meranto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Meranto.

Hi Elizabeth, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, I always had a passion for art. After graduating from an intensive 3 year fine arts program in 1982 I loaded my life up into a Chevy stick shift van with no air conditioning and moved out to Phoenix, Arizona to begin my career.

Scottsdale was in the midst of a boom in the art world and in that same year, I became the director of Bob Parks Art Gallery until 1995: handling many renowned sculptors and artists. During this time period, I worked closely in collaboration with gallery owner/sculptor Bob Parks for the dedication and installation of the major landmark life-like bronze horse fountain in downtown Old Scottsdale, known as the 5th Avenue Fountain.

I then opened my own art gallery from 1996 through to 2001 in Pinnacle Peak North Scottsdale. After 9/11, I closed my gallery to focus on my own talents as an oil painter. My work can be found in many collections and is currently on display in the US Senate, Washington DC.

Locally, my art can be viewed at On The Edge Gallery 7077 E Main St. located just north of Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. This gallery is a jewel in itself that it is a non-profit owned and operated by 40 local artists.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Moving to Arizona in 1982 at the heart of the booming art industry in Scottsdale was very hard to break into.

However, that presented the opportunity to make many contacts from around the world and in the industry as well as knowledge. All that experience gave me the ability to not only open and run my own art gallery but also market my own work.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I strive with all of my heart to capture the beauty of God’s world, but never come close! The landscapes of the Sonoran and Western USA desert have inspired me the most.

I enjoy many mediums but the media that calls the most to me is oil for all of its properties, from its fluidity of it, the vibrant colors, and the consistency. This is also why only originals can be purchased.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I define success through my family, the eyes of my children, and the people who know and love me. Success to me is that as long as I am able to use my God-given talent to create art to get through this world, I have found success.

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Banwari Mittal, Ph.D.

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