Artist Statement: Elizabeth G Fagan
Minimize visual noise. Emphasize distinctive characteristics. Create natural scenes as they appear in memories. That’s my aim as an artist. I begin by going outside to take lots of photographs. Then I play with a few photos and, with luck, turn them into digital art.
The unique beauty of Lake Michigan’s shoreline in southeastern Wisconsin inspires me. It’s where the wild majesty of the Great Lakes meets gently tended farmland. In a nearby field, you might see Sandhills and Holsteins dining together. Four distinct seasons create visual masterpieces. I call this place Lake Michigan’s Left Coast.
Mission and cottage design, antique American primitives, bungalows in historic Midwestern neighborhoods: I love them all. At Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio (Oak Park, Illinois, USA) I was dumbfounded by genius. My work is influenced by Arts and Crafts style, but its foundation is photography; eclectic 21st-century is the result.
For a long time, I was a dedicated urban dweller. Family and friends wonder why I moved to a remote patch of Lake Michigan shoreline. But I have always loved animals and natural places. My former neighbors were 20-somethings who had loud parties. My current neighbor is a fox who is silent unless my German Shepherd and I get too close. I am compelled to share through my art what I discover in and around southeastern Wisconsin.
Elizabeth G Fagan is a photographer, artist, and writer who lives on Lake Michigan’s Left Coast.
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