Artist StatementWhat could be better than painting? From the smell of the paint, the vibrant or muted colors, the gesture and sweep of the brush to the magic of a blank canvas or sheet of paper gradually transforming into a miniature world, painting is exciting and engaging on many levels, physical, intellectual, and emotional. I particularly enjoy painting from life, whether venturing en plein air or depicting an interior or still life in my house or studio. The changes of season and weather create inexhaustible subjects in the landscape, while rearrangement of favorite objects provides variety of forms and colors in still life painting. While painting outdoors, I immerse myself in the sounds, light, color, scent, feel of the sun or breeze, all of which add to the emotional involvement I hope to reflect in my painting. My art has been praised for its versatility, its gestural style and sense of rhythm and movement in the composition, as well as my experimentation with unusual color palettes.
Elizabeth Cadwalader was born in Baltimore, MD, and returned to Baltimore after twelve years of living and traveling abroad and in other parts of the U. S. She first studied art in 1971-72 at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Cuernavaca, Mexico, but put kept painting as a secondary pursuit while working as an ESL teacher and raising a family. Since 2001, she has painted and study intensively, working in her studio at the Mill Centre in Baltimore. In addition to her studies in Cuernavaca, she has studied at the Mitchell School of Fine Art, the Zoll School, Notre Dame of MD , MICA, Towson University, all in Baltimore, and the Ringling School of Art and Design summer program in North Carolina.
Cadwalader paints in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, focusing on landscape, still life, and abstract paintings. She also has a small printing press, which she uses to create block prints and monotypes. Her work has been shown both in solo shows and in juried and group exhibits in Maryland, including the Carroll Mansion Art Gallery, the Hoffberger Gallery, the Unicorn Gallery, Crystal Moll, Baltimore County Art Guild, Cylburn Arboretum, Roland Park Place, Circle Gallery (Annapolis), Slayton House, Brightwood Center, Antreasian, Atwaters, Mat About You (Ellicott City), Towson Arts Collective, Boston Properties Building, and emple Oheb Shalom. Her paintings can also be found in private collections in Maryland, various other East Coast states, and Catalonia.
Awards: First Place, Unicorn Gallery: Vision, October 2016; Second Place, Through a Woman’s Eyes, Antreasian Gallery, 2011; DOC Artist Services Award, Cylburn Celebration of Art, 2012; and Special Merit Awards, Light, Space, Time Gallery: SeaScapes, April 2013; Open Art Competition, Oct. 2013; Seasons, Dec. 2013 Special Recognition Award, Light, Space, Time Gallery: Figurative, May 2013; DOC
Professional Organizations: Women Artists’ Forum, President 2012-13, Treasurer 2007-12; Maryland Federation of Art; Creative Alliance; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore Watercolor Society associate member