Elizabeth Haworth-Wagner of Le Singe Creatif, and I met through Creative Arts of Women (CAW) last summer when the group headed to Strongwater Food & Spirits after a meeting in Franklinton. She and I just happened to sit close to each other and talked a little. During the rest of last year and into the beginning of this year, we saw each other at meetings and then sat next to each other at the Pink Crow party and the conversation continued. Then, we ran into each other at the opening reception for Landmark at Ft. Hayes, walked around together, looked at everyone’s magnificent pieces and decided to get a drink afterwards. That drink forged a great friendship as we found out we had lots in common as far as life circumstances, love for Taos and art. I’m really excited about featuring Liz, not just because of our friendship but also because of her talent and upcoming solo show at Fresh A.I.R.E. Gallery.
Originally from Kansas City, she says that art...”Honestly, it was like breathing for me. There was never really anything else on the table for me.” Although, she says when she was a kid, her cousin, Debra, would not let her color in her coloring books because Liz refused to stay inside the lines and – I used too much purple. LOL!
Before moving to Miami FLA in 1985 a few years after graduating with a BFA from the University of Kansas, she started her career as a studio photographer for Macy’s in Kansas City. Because she and her hubby, Gregg, wanted to go sailing they moved to Miami 2 years later. Not only did they GO sailing, they lived on a sailboat for two years!!!! Yes, eventually, they lived in an apartment on the beach but so loved the sea that they moved back to the sailboat for a year and a half. She lived in Miami for 17 years starting out as a photo stylist with a photo studio and then got an on-camera job with Avante. She then became an illustrator and went on to become an art director for Miami Beach magazine.that was followed by working as art director for 10 years (do you see a pattern here?) at Southern Boating Publications where a good day at the office was being in the Bahamas on a swimsuit shoot.
In 2002, she and her husband moved to Colorado near Taos New Mexico where they lived for 2 years after returning to Kansas City to care for Gregg’s mother. In 2004, they returned to Kansas City where she took a position as Art Director for the magazine division of The Kansas City Star where she stayed for 10 years. After 37 years of marriage, Gregg died suddenly and Liz remained in KC for a year and a half. During that time, she established correspondence with an old friend who came to Colorado to help spread Gregg’s ashes at the Great Sand Dunes near their cabin. They fell in love, got married and next thing you know, she was living in Columbus!
She is now a freelance art director with The Creative Group and joined CAW (an incredible group of talented women, her words) last year and has just started showing her work in area galleries.
At this point in time, she describes her work as paintings in paper. For the past few years, she’s been working with natural fiber and hand made paper cut-outs which are often embellished with ink, gouache, watercolor, conté crayons, charcoal and/or pencil. In general, other people frequently make the observation that her work is very organic. It is certainly very personal and she can be inspired by anything, really, from a beautiful landscape to the color of a pick-up truck…she just never knows. As she puts it – it just comes. Recently, she’s discovered book making materials, particularly folding bones and some wonderful acid free glues.