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Lizzie O’Grady

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After 40 years working and with no formal training save for part time art courses, I've found the path I always wanted to take. I ca finally call myself a full time working artist.

My interest in art was sparked during my youth, when drawing served as a way to pass the time due to tight family finances. However, in my early 20s, my artistic direction was profoundly influenced by a captivating Georgia O’Keeffe New York City scene, igniting a deep passion for art from the early to mid-20th century. This period, characterized by a surge of expressionist and abstract painters, captivated me with its focus on portraying the beauty of architecture, industry, and the transformation of nature. The influence of the Italian futurists from this era has significantly shaped and defined my painting style.

The majority of my works depict scenes that I hold deep emotional connections to or have personally experienced.

I have created pieces that reflect ancient Italian abandoned buildings, showcasing their enduring beauty despite the passage of years, decades, and even centuries with their decay and decomposition. On the other end of the spectrum, I have directed my creativity to crafting landscapes, some particularly inspired by the Southern Californian Desert area around Palm Springs, aiming to capture the timeless allure of the mountains and their daily transformations under the ever-changing light from sunrise to sunset. These resilient structures endure the extreme elements of the harsh desert heat, to the enveloping snow during the winter months. It was only in recent years that I discovered the works of artist Agnes Pelton, who also resided in the same desert area. Her deep connection with nature and the expressive allure of her paintings resonate deeply with me and have given me the drive to explore my interpretations further

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