Texas native Elizabeth Dryden is a Contemporary Southwest Artist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area making a wave and grabbing the attention of the Texas art scene and beyond. The many layers intertwined together in her mixed media work make each piece a lawless mystery to unfold. While colorful and lively in spirit, there are volumes of information to be discovered below the textured surface. Elizabeth is inspired by the mystery of the desert as a whole, but focuses her artwork on the enchanting and indestructible flora and fauna that reside there. The subjects of Elizabeth’s work are primarily cacti and indigenous animals, which she uses metaphorically to express various life virtues hidden within the brushstrokes of paint and various paper and textured mediums.
The natural beauty of the American Southwest has always fascinated Elizabeth. She breaks down subjects and themes into a magical exploration of color and shape. Further exploring cacti and various desert inhabitants in bright, vibrant Southwest scenes, Elizabeth combines the paradoxes between longstanding traditional ideals against modern society. Elizabeth grew up in University Park in Dallas, TX and has since relocated back home after leaving for college and life’s adventures at the University of Arizona in 2000, which began her lifelong fascination with the mystic of the desert. Graduating from Texas Woman’s University with a degree in Art Education in 2005, she has since lived in Arizona, Washington State, Kentucky, and Boston, before returning back home to her favorite state of Texas. Elizabeth resides in East Dallas by her beloved White Rock Lake with her cat Rupert and dog Pete.
My goal as an artist is to bring beauty and wonder through capturing the outside world as I see it in a 2 dimensional mixed media work of art. I use many different mediums and textures to signify the vast variety of combinations in nature within the American Southwest. In the “In Rainbows” show, I focused primarily on color adding in various cacti and indigenous animals from this region, signifying the beauty around us on a daily basis.