Beyond the Bio: Elizabeth Decker

Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

Photo credit: Phillip Rogers Art: Up and Coming; 60 x 90

ArtistElizabeth Decker

Primary MediumAcrylic on Canvas

What motivates your work?

The biggest motivator is my need to communicate.  This takes place internally of course, as I am working out the conversation with myself, mediating what works and doesn’t work and examining the transformation of self through my work.  I’m inspired by my relationships with people and the relationship with myself.  Music, poetry, nature, conversations, struggles, celebrations are all factors that help me create my work.

 

How long have you been an artist and how has your practice changed over time?

I’ve always had an artistic nature but I didn’t seriously show my work until my 30’s.  At first, I painted as a therapeutic tool to help deal with my moods but as I gained confidence and began presenting my work, my ability as an artist began to grow and I become dedicated to the craft, embracing my talents and creating a business rather than brushing it off as a hobby.  Also, I used to paint late into the night and recently that has changed.  I paint during the day, like a 9-5 job but way more fun and gratifying!

Curiosity lead me to a new place; 54 x 72 & Strangely, it’s coming together; 30 x 30

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on series of large, abstract faces.  Faces and figures are a reoccurring theme in my work.  The difference now is that they are lighter: more space.  A little less in your face.  There’s something quiet and serene which didn’t exist before and I don’t feel compelled to overwork it.  My motto, in general, is keep it simple.

What does the Austin arts community need most as the city continues to grow?

I love what you guys are doing!  Hosting the Art Breaks.  I think it’s key to create a platform to constantly promote the artists.  We’re here! There is so much talent that needs to be recognized and by creating an ongoing series, like what you’re doing, in addition to EAST and WEST, we can continue to engage the public with what we have to offer here in Austin.  That we are a serious art destination.  That’s my primary motivation in establishing my home as a now working gallery.  Keep the conversation going!  Explore and discover. Introduce a  new voice.

Tell us about your upcoming or current exhibitions.

I have an opening on July 27th at Ocean House Studio Gallery.  6:30-9.  Open to the public.  This is exciting because it is my Official Gallery Opening at my home studio, which I have turned into a working gallery.  I participated in WEST this year and I transformed my home into a beautiful, boutique gallery featuring my work and the work of Chris White and Amy Scofield.  It was very well attended for a first run.  I’ve participated in EAST for the past 8 years, but this was new having moved to South Austin three years ago.  The transformation of my home inspired me to keep this going and create community events featuring other artists, creating a space where artists and art lovers can come together to engage in conversation.  I’m also motivated to offer a platform for other artists to show their work in an intimate setting.


Elizabeth Decker is a celebrated artist, author, poet, teacher, documentary film maker, The No Show, certified Mediator and personal creative story advocate.  “ I like to to explore my on-going relationship with self and my relationships with others through story, conversation, color, and texture either figuratively or in the abstract.  The art of communicating these thoughts, ideas and observations create the pictorial story of my journey.”

Keep up with Elizabeth on her websiteFacebook, and Instagram.

Beyond the Bio is curated by Art Alliance Austin. If you’re interested in being featured email Ashlee at apryor@artallianceaustin.org.