My paintings express my connection, curiosity, and concern for the natural world. I'm drawn to quirky organic forms in fungi, plants, and cellular structures. The visual chaos of a sparkling tide pool, scruffy garden, or overgrown forest impel me to break out my materials and get to work. Drawing and painting from nature serves as a point of departure for the expressive paintings that develop in the studio. Studio paintings unfold over time as I brush, pour and roll on paint, adjust color, and revise forms. The paintings develop and grow organically and in this process echo what ultimately inspires me in nature; the magic inherent in the natural cycles that surround me.
Elizabeth Awalt grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Boston to attend Boston College. As an undergraduate, she studied Fine Arts at Boston College where she returned to teach and became a tenured professor. She received her MFA degree at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by several fellowships including the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and MacDowell and the Millay Colony. She has been the recipient of both a Massachusetts Artists Fellowship in Painting and an Individual Artist Grant in Painting from the National Endowment of the Arts.
The artist has exhibited widely with selected solo shows at the Danforth Museum, Clark Gallery, Soprafina Gallery, and Thomas Segal Gallery in the Boston area. In New York she was represented by G.W. Einstein Gallery and is currently represented by Caldbeck Gallery and Turtle Gallery in Maine and Matter and Light Fine Art in Boston, MA. Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions in museums, including, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; and the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston, MA. Her work is in the collection of the Danforth, Decordova, Rose, Snite, and McMullen Art Museums, and in corporate collections nationwide.