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About Lizbeth McGee

Lizbeth McGee � "As a girl, I grew up on the water and in the woods" says Liz McGee..� Out the door in the morning and back at night, it was free, safe and endlessly amusing."
Immersed in nature, she began to see color, texture, light and shadow. It was this endless panorama she stored in her young memory and cherished. In her early teen years, Liz saw a Carolyn Blish watercolor her parents had purchased. She was enthralled with the way Blish had captured the light streaming through the window, falling onto the flowers, and cascading across the floor. For Liz it was a language that expressed the world she had been seeing. This world of light, color and the �beauty of a moment captured timelessly�.
In her senior year of high school, a weaving class at a local college became available to her, opening the door to her artistic career. �It was a back door, actually,� says Liz, who needed an extra credit to graduate early from high school. �I loved working with the yarns. It was so much fun to weave their colors and textures into a creative pattern.� This led to a degree in Textile Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and then an opportunity for her to freelance as a fabric and wall covering designer in New York City. During this season of her life, Liz published her own book of wall coverings with coordinating fabrics. She designed kitchen towel ensembles and painted floral patterns for major design houses. Her parents retired to Mystic, Connecticut where Liz had spent much of her youth growing up on the water. Relocating with them, she began to paint in earnest, taking classes at the Lyme Academy of Art, and exhibiting locally.
Soon, another season of her life unfolded. �My late twenties were a soul searching time for me,� recalls Lizbeth �I wanted to find the real meaning of life.� A series of spiritual encounters introduced her to a personal God. �The truth I was looking for was in my backyard the whole
time. Now, when I look at nature, I see the hand of the Master all around me. He has created a glorious masterpiece.� From this never-diminishing canvas, Liz draws her artistic inspiration.
The next season brought Liz to Santa Barbara, California, where she met her husband, a novelist and screenwriter. �He paints pictures with words,� says Liz. They have been married now for 26 years and have since relocated to Southeastern Connecticut. For most of these years, Liz's creative energies went to raising their two sons and working with her husband as a gift buyer for their retail store.�Both our boys are scientists,� she muses. �Go figure.�
Most recently, Liz has joined with 36 artists to form an Art Collective in Chester, Connecticut, that has a gallery and classroom. Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art sprang up almost overnight. �This has to be one of the most exciting things I have ever done,� says Liz, who will be teaching watercolor classes and exhibiting her work. Her efforts as a founding board member at the gallery are helping to position it regionally and globally as a place to find investment-quality art. Her work can be found in numerous shows,exhibits and galleries in Southeastern Connecticut.
Another new venue has opened up to Liz, The Gallery at Firehouse Square in New London, Ct. A new maritime gallery, beautifully renovated on Bank Street in the downtown area features Liz's water scenes. �I was plugged into a show there with six other marine painters, all men, I was the token woman� comments Liz. Here her love of the water with its years of stored images in her soul will find their way onto its exquisite brick walls. Now, her season to passionately pursue her watercolors has begun and Liz has taken to the brush again with great passion.It is this tapestry of changing seasons that helped to mold her boundless creativity.
Looking at her career experiences to date, Liz feels that art, like life, is not about the straight line. The subtleties, nuances and transparent qualities of the watercolor paint she uses, has convinced Liz of her calling. �The best quality about this medium,� says Liz, �is its ability to
surprise. And that is its truest parallel to life. The greatest test is learning how to make something beautiful out of it.�