Watercolor • Alcohol • Inks • Acrylic • Oil
Elizabeth M. Preston, M.A., is an award-winning artist and educator who paints and teaches art in the historic “Old Stone Cellar” on Foothill Blvd. in Claremont, California. While living in St. Louis in 1972, one day she saw Van Gogh’s Souvenir de Mauve in a museum exhibition and she immediately began studies of painting under a number of watercolorists in St. Louis, Northern Ohio and Chicago. Relocating to California in 1984, she pursued her fascination with color and light using a variety of media in a representational approach. Elizabeth studied Discipline-Based Arts Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Travels in Europe, New Zealand and the Australian outback in 2004–2005 pushed her beyond representational work into a new world of abstract expression, using sculpted gesso, found objects, and layers of acrylic color. She is currently creating a new body of work using alcohol inks.
Elizabeth has been a member of PVAA since 1984. In 2005 she won Gallery SOHO’s Best of Show and the $500 Pomona Mayor’s Award. Her work has been well received elsewhere as well. She was named “Woman of the Year, 2008” by the Latino Art Museum in Pomona; the Claremont Courier named her one of three “Unique Woman of the Year, 2010” in Claremont for her art work and teaching; recently her acrylic piece “His Glory” was selected for a Museum of the Americas exhibit at the entrance to the Louvre Paris, and her sculpted acrylic piece, “Life Bubbles: Conception”” won publication in Northlight Books’ “Acrylicworks 4: Captivating Color” in 2016. She currently exhibits in Gallery SOHO and she teaches Creative Journaling/Expressive Arts therapy classes at the Art Place.
Elizabeth resides in Mt. Baldy village in the San Gabriels along with her husband, Robert, and Destiny-the-full-figured-cat.