As we count down to Paint Annapolis 2015, MFA will be featuring one – or two – artists of the day to let you learn more about the artists who are competing and exhibiting in Paint Annapolis.
Paint Annapolis 2015
Competition: June 8 – 12
Exhibition: June 13 – 21
Elizabeth Rhoades is an award winning and highly recognized Connecticut artist whose pastel paintings are characterized by their vibrant color and sensitivity to the natural forms and light in the landscape. Her work depicts a knowledge and passion for the spiritual qualities of the landscape, and she seeks to express her connection to, and love for, the raw beauty of our earth. Born and raised in New Haven, CT, Elizabeth currently resides in Stafford Springs, CT. She holds art degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, and Wesleyan University, and has obtained an advanced degree of sixth level in art education.
She paints mostly in the plein-air tradition, and in her studio in inclement weather from value sketches and reference photos she has made on location. Elizabeth feels that the photograph misses many truths, and that through her careful planning and direct observation outdoors, she can truly experience and reproduce what inspires her.
Elizabeth is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, an Elected Artist with the Lyme Art Association, the Past President and Elected Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, a juried member of Academic Artists, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, an Artist Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the Pastel Society of New Mexico, and the American Impressionists society.
Elizabeth is a popular pastel demonstrator in Connecticut, and she has been juried into almost a hundred National Exhibits including the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the International Association of Pastel Societies, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Connecticut Pastel Society National Exhibit, “For Pastels Only on Cape Cod,” Academic Artists National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art, The Slater Memorial Museum Connecticut Artists Exhibition, Audubon Artists Assoc., as well as the Lyme Art Association and many others.
Elizabeth Rhoades has painted professionally for over 40 years. In addition to painting, Elizabeth had been a public school elementary art teacher from 1977 to 2014. She taught art in the Connecticut towns of Avon, Durham, Coventry, and, Enfield, CT. Through her professional education career she has shared her skills and knowledge of art to generations of students.