What are we doin' here?
Hair if I know. but it sure looks like
there's something coming soon!
It wasn't until the early 90's that I discovered my passion and talent for art. I woke up one day and found that I could draw. Shortly after that I discovered I could paint. Really...it's true! The charcoal drawing of Natalie Wood, below, was my first portrait since 7th grade when an art teacher returned a drawing to me with a grade of C+ and the comment "third grade level."
In 1998 I received my degree in graphic design and illustration and have been coloring outside the lines ever since.
Much of my work is about the masks we wear; we all have a variety of masks that we wear daily. These may be the identities that have been given to us, or ones we have assumed over time.
A friend once asked me if I felt the need to do art every day, so I asked him if he felt the need to breathe every day. In my world, both of these "needs" occupy the same space. As a graphic designer, polymer clay artist, illustrator and painter, I am driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art.
My polymer clay pieces are often noted for their unique style, whimsy, and craftsmanship, while my innovative painting style blends precise realism and humor with contemporary surrealism.
Accomplished in both traditional and digital illustration, my work has appeared in award-winning theater posters and as a permanent plaque hung in the library at Collin College. My work has also been featured in the Dallas Morning News as well as on the Veria Network in ”The Art of Living Gallery.”
Although I love to express my vision through art, I'm also skilled at creating commercial works. Vibrant colors, strong lines, and attention to detail make my work an excellent choice for a wide range of projects and purposes. I'm passionate about translating concepts into visual representations conveying a clear and concise message to the viewer.
In my "other life", I am a mother of four, share space with two "fur-persons" (Roxy and Loki), and prefer always to dance to the beat of a different drummer. When I was a child I often dreamed it rained beads and continue
to hope it might really happen.
Graphic design and illustration is what feeds my family; art is what feeds my spirit. A artist friend used to say that being an artist is like walking around with a pebble in your shoe. This is a reminder that art is just as much about the process as it is the final product. It's the process that excites me most!
© 2011 Elisabeth Brustein. All rights reserved.