All around me I am surrounded by beauty. I see it in the trees, I see it in the sky, and I see it in the contours of the earth. Every season alters the landscape, and touches my soul in a new way. I rejoice in the passing sunlight, in its shadows and reflections. I must capture and immortalize these moments, before they fade to memory, so I may cherish them always.
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 a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the President and Elected Artist Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, an Elected Artist in the Rockport Art Association and Museum, an Elected Artist of the Lyme Art Association, an Elected Artist at North Shore Arts Association, an Elected Artist of the Academic Artists Association, an Elected Artist in the American Artists Professional League, as well as the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and a member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Audubon Artists, and the American Impressionist Society. 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, Paint Annapolis, 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.”