|"A successful representational painting transcends technique and gimmickry, eliciting from the viewer a sense of connection with the truer nature of the subject. In the best of these works we are taken, almost unwittingly, into the heart of the painting. Here we feel, down to the bone, the more intrinsic qualities of a scene_ be they lovely or disturbing, either way we are mesmerized. If we are very lucky our own hearts are broken open"
Elizabeth Pollie’s personal art history extends back decades. Art as a path, language and personal frontier has been present from the time of her childhood. She grew up visiting museums, studying and drawing along side her father. She earned her BFA from The College For Creative Studies where she later taught. Her interests led her the field of editorial illustration. The 1980’s were a rich with greatly imaginative artists who honed both their conceptual and representational skills in the world of illustration. Ms. Pollie’s work was nationally published and awarded.
As illustration began to fade from magazines and book jackets her focus upon representational painting became central. “The intrigue and intimacy found in observing the surrounding world provides me with ceaseless inspiration. There is a great sense of freedom as well as a spirit of discovery that is derived through the act of painting.” mentions Pollie.
Her emphasis is based on finding and teasing out a sense of poetry, mood and depth. From capturing the authentic nature of animals to broad expanses of water and land, Pollie’s work has a quality of sincerity woven into it. Mystery, solitude and intimacy comingle to create a palpable experience.
Her work is currently represented by:
Selected Articles, Journals and Books
2014 Oil Painters Of America Fall Showcase; Second Place for “In A beautiful Pea-Green Boat”, Juror; Dan Beck.
2014, Door County Plein Air Festival, Honorable Mention, Juror, Steve Doherty, Editor of Plein Air Magazine.
2014 American Women Artists, Rogue Guirey Simpson Memorial Award, Addison Gallery. Orleans, MA.
2014 NOAPS, Award of Merit, Spring Online Exhibit.
2013 Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional, Bronze Award, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD.
2013 American Impressionist Society National Show, The M Gallery Of Fine Art, Charleston, SC.
2013 American Women Artists, Award Of Recognition- 2 Dimensional-“Blue Boy”, RS Hanna Gallery Fredericksburg,TX.
2013 American Women Artists On line Juried Competition- Assoc. Members, Award Of Merit-“Crossroads And Kings”
2013 October Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ Crossroads and Kings” , Juror; Qiang Huang.
2013 August Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ Winters Burden” , Juror Marc Hanson.
2013 July Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ The Horse Before The Cart” , Juror Kim Lordier.
2013 May Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ In Black And White” , Juror; Doug Matthews.
2013 January Raymar Art Competition Finalist, “Lord Of The Manor”, Juror; Nancy Guzik.
2013 Oil Painters Of America Inaugural Salon Show, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI. Silver Award for OPA Salon Paint out “Pond No. 12”
2013 Oil Painters Of America 22th National Exhibit, Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2012 Oil Painters Of America Fall Showcase: Honorable Mention- “The Horse Before The Cart”.
2012 Oil Painters Of America Summer Showcase; Second Place “The Cows Came Home”.
2012 Oil Painters Of America 21st National Exhibit, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO.
2012 American Art Invitational ,Small Gems, Saks Galleries, Denver ,Co.
2011 Raymar Art Competition Finalist
2011 Oil Painters Of America 20th National Exhibit. 2nd Place Silver Medal, Coeur D’Alene Idaho.
2010 American Women Artist’s National Show. Award of Merit. Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX
2010 Best of Show, Salmagundi Club, Non-Members Show. New York, NY
2010, Mackinac Island Richard and Jane Manoogian Fine Arts Museum $5000.00 Purchase Award.
2010 Best of Show, June Bold Brush Fine Art Competition.
2010 Richeson 75 still life and Floral exhibition, 2nd Place.
West Wind Atelier features the paintings of Elizabeth Pollie. These fine oil paintings include both plein air and studio work from a variety of locales
including Mackinac Island, Harbor Springs, Santa Fe, Morocco and Spain. Plein air workshops are offered during the summer.