There is a connection I feel between the landscape and my inner being. I paint because I am compelled to. In the landscape I find my soul. It is an emotional thing, to be so moved by the shimmer of a reflection, the grace of a cloud, or the gesture of old growth. The landscape is ageless, ancient, but always brand new. It is hard and soft, tranquil and fierce, dark and yet filled with light. My work puts me in my happy place, close to what I love, and returns that love to me. It is a romance that is everlasting.
Of the dozens of awards she has won, Elizabeth’s recent awards include Third Place, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, the Medal of Honor Plus for a Pastel in the American Artists Professional League, as well as awards in exhibitions of Academic Artists, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, Connecticut Pastel Society, and more. Elizabeth has been juried into a multitude of highly competitive exhibits throughout the United States. She is an artist Member of the Salmagundi Club NYC, a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and an Elected Artist in the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, the Rockport Art Association and Museum, the Lyme Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, Academic Artists Association, American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, as well as the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and a member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico. She was a Featured Artist in the Oct/Nov 2016 edition of PleinAir Magazine. Elizabeth has also been juried into many highly competitive Plein Air Competitions, including Plein Air Easton, Plein Air Richmond, Adirondack Plein Air, Paint Annapolis, Harford Plein Air, and Finger Lakes Plein Air. Elizabeth Rhoades has painted professionally since 1973. Her individually commissioned pieces hang in private collections from Alaska to Maine, as well as in corporate collections. In addition to painting, Elizabeth had been an elementary art educator for thirty-five years. She taught art in the towns of Avon, Durham, Coventry, and Enfield, CT. Through her professional education career, she has shared her skills and knowledge of art to generations of students, both very young and old.
“In my work, I am taking you to a special place. In this place you feel that you are safe, undisturbed, that the world around you is filled with peace, and you have solitude. There is a sense of timelessness, and you can reflect and contemplate.”