Elizabeth S Palmer
About the Artist
Elizabeth S. Palmer
Elizabeth began drawing and painting at the age of 5, when her parents started sponsoring art shows for her and her five brothers and sisters. Because she had no TV, drawing and painting became a major source of entertainment. In the 4thGrade, she. won her first art contest, creating a cartoon for her local bank, and later she went on to design programs for school plays, make her own greeting cards, and eventually painted murals on her grandmother’s walls. During grade school years, she attended drawing and painting classes at the Rochester Museum of Art, and in her teens, she studied Art History and Studio Art at Colby College. In her early adult years, she sold hand-painted items at numerous gift shops, including Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, NH, and the League of NH Craftsmen in Exeter, NH.
In 1990, she became interested in watercolor and oil painting, when she began working towards an Associate’s Degree in Studio Art at UNH. As a member of the Durham Art Association and the Seacoast Artist’s Association, she participated in numerous workshops, and exhibited her art in such places as the New England Center, Café Brioche, and the Children’s Museum of Portsmouth. She currently has watercolors in private collections in NH, ME, MA, NY, PA, NJ, WA, CO, MIN, UT and CA. Twice, her paintings were selected to be in the Families First Calendar in Portsmouth. She also has a large giclee print of her “Kayaks” painting, hanging in the permanent collection at The Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Elizabeth moved to Maine in 2016. She is currently a member of BRAF in Boothbay Harbor, ME, where where in 2013 and 2016, she won Honorable Mentions for her watercolor paintings "Blue Door," and "Decadence." She is also a member of River Arts In Damariscotta, ME. Elizabeth has exhibited at 136 Gifts, the Damariscotta River Grill, Pemaquid Watershed Association, Skidhompha Library, the Kefauver Studio, Miles Memorial Hospital, Savory Maine, and the First National Bank. She has also shown her work at Atlantic Motorcar in Wiscasset, and Poppies in Brooklin, ME. She currently exhibits at Ingram Antiques &Art in Wiscasset, and the Saltwater Artists Gallery at Pemaquid Point.
She enjoys both still life and landscape painting. Mood and rhythm are important influences, not only in her art, but in all aspects of her life. Color is the painter’s power of expression; it helps define our feelings and bring them into our consciousness. She seeks to use color and light to make her paintings vibrate and dance. In the process, she tries to elevate ordinary objects into the realm of the extraordinary. Elizabeth wants to turn her viewers on to the incredible beauty in not only the natural world, but in the multi-shaped, multi-colored man-made objects, which are used in everyday living. When we learn to see our world filled with beauty, our lives are transformed. If Ms. Palmer can inspire at least one person to look at something differently, then she will have succeeded as an artist.