ABOUT MY WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS:
My influences include; the practice of Markmaking, Zen painting, and Symbolist painters who emphasized emotional content over realism. To paraphrase the Symbolist painter Odilon Redon, I am a believer in showing up and “yielding to the stimuli of my materials that will transmit my spirit.” Colors have power and meaning. I make my paintings in series and in families of colors. Working within the confines of a particular color family enables me to dive more deeply in my exploration of compositional theme and variation.
Zen Calligrapher Kazuaki Tanahashi wrote in Brush Mind, “As soon as you accept the accidental effects, they are no longer accidents.” Zen painting has been described as natural painting free from planning, thought and struggle. This improvisational approach to beginning paintings is liberating for me.
I was born in Riverside, California. I’ve lived and worked in various parts of the United States and in Europe. I currently live inTennessee. My MFA from North Carolina School of the Arts was in Costume Design. I began my art career in theater design and production. Eventually I transitioned out of theater and studied plein air painting. From 2000-2013 my concentration was landscape painting in oil on location and in the studio.
I began experimenting with watercolor and with abstraction in the Fall of 2013. My work undertook a big evolution as I was nudged from within to liberate myself from the constraints of a genre and play freely in another medium.
BA and MA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. MFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC. My mentors include photographer MacDuff Everton (CA), and landscape painters Joe Vinson and Maddine Insalaco (Italy).
Elizabeth Garat’s work was selected for inclusion in the 56th and 57th Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR. This annual juried Exhibit showcases the best of contemporary art in the Southeastern United States.
2016 River Arts Festival Invitational, ANF Architects, Memphis, TN
2016 Place Keepers, Annesdale Park Gallery, Memphis, TN
2015 Epilogue II at Masonic Contemporary, Jason Miller- Curator, Memphis, TN
2015 New Works by Elizabeth Garat & Anne Froning, Circuitous Succession Gallery, Memphis, TN
2015 57th Annual Delta Arts Exhibition, Regional Juried Exhibition, George Dombek- Juror, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2015 Water Works II, Internat’l Juried Exhibtion, Juri Koll, Peter Frank & John Yau- Jurors, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery, Ojai, CA
2014 56th Annual Delta Arts Exhibition, Brian Rutenberg-Juror, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2012 Con gli Occhi degli Artisti Stranieri, (Through Foreign Eyes) Forte Sangallo, Civita Castellana, Italy
2011 Luminous, Works by Elizabeth Garat & Anne Froning, Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center, Memphis, TN
2009 Bird’s Nest Invitational, Brandon Michael Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008 On Location 2000-2007, Paintings and Photographs, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN
2007 Bella Toscana; Three Painters’ Impressions of Tuscany, Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, Memphis, TN
•WKNO FM Memphis, Checking on the Arts airdate April 13, 2016, Interview re: Place Keepers with Kacky Walton
•Exhibition Catalog Water Works II, 2015
•Exhibition Catalog, Through Foreign Eyes/ Con gli occhi degli artisti stranieri a Civita Castellana, October 2012 Maddine Insalaco, Emanuele Rossini, and JoeVinson authors, Museo Archeoogico dell'Agro Falisco-Forte Sangallo, and Cappella Papale Civita Castellana; publishers
•The Commercial Appeal, Women to Watch, June 12, 2011 http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/jun/12/women-to-watch-students-time-away- inspire-artist/?partner=RSS