A Note from Elizabeth Nelson
For more than fifty years I have lived and worked in northern Vermont. I was born in New York City, and have lived in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Guatemala, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. Always a painter — but I have also been a student, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a dairy farmer and a historical museum curator.
The very harshness of this stormy, inhospitable and isolated geography is sublimely beautiful to me. My paintings of the ordinary working human landscape and the raw wildness at the edge are expressions of a connection to nature and to the larger rhythms of life.
The landscape acts as a framework for me to build a response upon with paint. Illusion and reality become entwined, each becoming something of the other. It is an attempt to unite form and content, the concrete and the imagined, art and life.
West Glover VT