I have always been interested in Art. I started my art education with classes and workshops taught by local artists such as Sean Beavers, Michael Chesley Johnson and Stan Moeller. Eventually, I earned my Certificate in Fine Art from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Today, I continue my educational journey by taking a little bit of something from many, different, well known artists, including David Leffel, Jeffrey Watts, Rose Frantzen, Robert Liberace, and Michelle Dunaway. (See my Links page for a list of the people who have shown me the way.) I am also active in two sketch groups.
I am privileged to be able to paint full time, and now have studios in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
My painting experience centers mostly in New England. However, I also travel extensively to paint in the American Southwest, Alaska, France, Netherlands, Norway, and Italy.
I paint mostly in oil and pastel, but I have been experimenting with gouache and even encaustics.
I like to paint portraits (from life), trying to convey the character, personality and spirit of the subject. I paint landscapes (mostly en plein air), trying to capture not only the light and color, but also the mood and energy of the scene. With my still lifes I try to evoke emotion in the viewer.
My goal is to connect, somehow, with my audience, that they might see what I see, and feel what I feel.
I am attracted to subjects that remind me of where I came from, striving to share what I have seen and experienced. I take inspiration from great artists like Fechin, Velasquez, Sargent, Sorolla, and Hibbard.
I am a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists, the New Hampshire Art Association, and the North Shore Arts Association. I am a member of the Newburyport Art Association, the Andover Guild, and the Greater Haverhill Art Association. I am also an associate member of the Rockport Art Association and Museum. In addition, I am a member of Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and the NH Pastel Society. I have been juried in to regional shows at Marblehead AA and Newburyport AA (where I have won Best In Drawing and Best In Show awards). I have had work selected for showing at the annual Petals and Palettes show at the Atkinson Country Club. One of my paintings won the popular vote at an Andover Historical Society show and was featured in "The Andovers" magazine. Another painting was used by the Custom House Maritime Museum as the cover for their 2017 calendar.
I believe that art is essential to our quality of life. Painting is my escape to an amazing place. It enriches me, soothes my soul, balances me, and gives me peace (and sometimes much frustration). I am passionate about painting, and hope my audience feels my excitement.
My work may be seen at my studios by appointment, or at Ceres Gallery, Portsmouth NH.
I have signed paintings as Elizabeth Peck, Elizabeth D. Peck, E Peck, and E. D. Peck.