Size: 18"W x 24"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2015
Dusty Dress is one from a collection of Native American Portraits worked from historic photographs in pencil. While I have tried to remain faithful to the individuality of each subject as well as true to the physical likenesses in the historic photos, I have imparted each portrait with a spirit reflective of my own. I developed an affection for the depiction of the human form and portraiture at the age of thirteen when I began studying the renaissance. This affinity for the portrait speaks of the desire to be known and remembered, and to remember those who have gone. Though the portrait is just a moment and reveals only a fraction of the individual, I have sought to tell the story of that moment so that it may be experienced by the viewer in their own way. I chose the natives as my subjects for my own connection to that heritage, a heritage where much has been lost both as a nation and personally. My families history has been passed down vocally with a memory that is fading. So I have touched on that connection in what way I can through the depiction of the varied native people of America.
Born an artist, I have had the need to express myself through the act of creating from my earliest memories to today. I consider myself primarily self taught, though as a child and teen I took classes at the Battle Creek Art Center, Blue Lakes Art Camp, and Kellogg Community College. I began studying the renaissance at the age of thirteen and it continues to fascinate me. After graduating high school I traveled to Italy. Seeing the art which means so much to me was an invaluable experience. I am continually studying on my own. Books are my teachers and application my practice. I have been a part of many shows and competitions over the years, many resulting in wins. Some of the most notable galleries to display my work are the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts and the Battle Creek Art Center. I work in various media and styles. I am primarily influenced by Classical and Quattrocento art but I also admire abstract, expressionism, nonrepresentational, and surreal. Learn more at: lizparkerart.com