Elizabeth Anderson, Vice-President
Elizabeth is a visual artist living in the Fraser Valley of BC with roots in southwestern Ontario. She moved to the Greater Vancouver area via Thunder Bay Ontario and exchanged her snow shovel for an umbrella. Shortly after arriving she first worked in a program for children with autistic tendencies.
Next she found a position with the Province of BC working with children and families at risk. She found the work to be challenging and rewarding. It was after this work experience that Elizabeth went back to school.
Elizabeth found her true passion while studying psychology at SFU. She took a risk by auditioning for the dance program. A very exciting adventure had begun when she was accepted.
Much later Elizabeth fell in love with oil painting at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she earned her BA in Visual Fine Arts.
In life and art, Elizabeth loves two things, the creative process and problem solving. She says, “It’s what makes life interesting and challenging. Art making is all about problem solving and finding solutions.”
She uses an instinctive approach when making art. She merges the creative and cognitive elements of an idea and uses of a range of materials to express it. “I find using mixed media gives a certain degree of the unexpected”, says Elizabeth. “It is especially true when combining cold wax with oil. You never know where the materials will lead you. It adds to the visual interest to my painting”.
Elizabeth has shown her work in juried and group gallery exhibits including the Surrey, Richmond and Seymour galleries. She has been an active member the Fort Gallery Collective. She has fun teaching art to children and adults at the local community centre.
Her journey from an emergent to an established artist is truly an exciting one.