Elizabeth Rickert

The official website for Elizabeth Rickert, where you will find a showcase of original oil paintings and small daily paintings. Works on display include grasses, landscapapes, marshes, watergardens, flowers, fruit, nests and Alla Prima.

 

About the Artist

 

Artist Statement

“It’s interesting where you go in a 40 year art career. I look back now and see that I have learned many different technical skills in oil painting, but what is most important is that I have learned the subtlety of catching a moment in time and portraying the beautiful complexity of that moment in nature, bringing a richness to it that is beyond our conscious, objective ability to describe… beyond our expectations.

There is an art to choosing the scene or idea that is compelling enough to make the viewer pause and drink it in, not pass over it as something easily categorized. To see the reflections, the depth of images, the colors that are just a bit beyond everyday reality, and the selection of that scene which calls attention to the visual perfection found everywhere in nature. It is the still moment which hints at the wealth to be found in the backgrounds of our lives.

This is my common thread, not a particular palette, field of view, or subject matter. Take this moment of beauty and freeze it into an object that puts the viewer on notice: Be attentive.”

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Find Elizabeth's Work at These Galleries

La Posada de Santa Fe  —  Santa Fe, New Mexico - map

Powers Gallery  —  Acton, Massachusetts - map

And Online at UGallery

Elizabeth is also a member of: National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society and Oil Painters of America

About the New Koi Series

I have long been attracted to koi and I thought I knew them, but something extraordinary happened to me when I went to a koi pond in San Diego. It was a raised pond with a window on the side. I inched up close to the window, and suddenly I could see the koi from underneath and from the side. I was mesmerized. I stood there for hours. It was as though I had always seen part of the koi, and now they revealed themselves in their spectacular beauty and individuality.

I couldn’t wait to get back to my studio to paint the koi, and as I painted these beautiful fish I found that I was painting myself. I wasn’t the flashy fish that first catch the eye of the beholder. I wasn’t the most colorful or perfect fish. I was the hidden fish, the mysterious fish, the one you had to look a little harder to see. I am the fish that is obscured in the swirling dance of two fish. I am the fish in the back that almost seems like a mirage. The more I painted, the more the hidden fish appeared. They wanted to be seen, but they also wanted to remain almost invisible. This is the dance of the koi and this is the dance I do in life.

Which of the koi is you? Are you the one in the foreground or the one that is barely discernible in the back? Are you a solitary fish, or do you like dancing and swirling with the other fish?

Over the course of my career, I have painted plants and grasses and things that bloom in nature. Someone once looked at my grasses and asked me, “What’s hidden in there? Are there insects in the grasses?” “There is one grasshopper in one of the paintings of grasses,” I replied. “It is a small thing, that grasshopper. You have to really look to find it.”

In my paintings of birds’ nests, a collector once asked me, “Where are the birds?” “They are just out of view,” I answered. “You look at the nests and you intuit the birds.”

And when I finished painting the koi, I realized that I was the grasshopper you had to search for. I was the bird who was not readily visible. I am the koi in the background, the koi you have to discover.

And now I keep asking myself, “where is my viewer in the grasses? Is she or he a grasshopper like I am? Or a very visible and proud blade of grass? Where is my viewer in the nest? Is she or he an egg waiting to hatch, or a quiet nest or a bird that is just out of reach? And where is my viewer in the koi?”

Elizabeth Rickert