Artist Statement

My fascination with the sources and effects of light plays a key role in my paintings. When I look at the world, I am drawn to the play of light and shadow, especially the varying patterns and moods created by natural and artificial light. I find that light’s reflections and refractions offer endless compositions of abstract beauty, while also imparting a strong sense of atmosphere.

My latest series explores what happens to light when reflected in water. I am intrigued by the intricate patterns on the water surface and how they can convey both movement and stillness. In some cases, it seems as if these reflections create an alternate reality to what we see on land or in the sky.  However, beneath the surface, there is a psychological element to why I am drawn to paint water.  For me, water represents life, as we cannot survive without it, and it literally flows through all of us.   It is a constant that connects us to each other.  When I am painting water, it is a meditative and sometimes, cathartic process.  Ultimately, I hope the viewer is able to interact with my work on different levels -- to appreciate the beauty of the abstract composition nature provides, while experiencing the almost musical rythymn of the water and its restorative properties.

City & Land
My urban and suburban landscapes often depict twilight, a time of evening that has always mesmerized me. Twilight may be fleeting, but the waning light has the power to transform ordinary scenes and structures into things of beauty. The Richardson Bridge becomes a jeweled bracelet; a freeway underpass appears as a Japanese temple; a suburban street becomes mysterious and magical.



My figurative work almost always includes a strong element of light, shadow or reflection. However, when I paint people or animals, my greatest inspiration comes from my emotional reaction to the subject and my desire to capture the feeling of that moment.   


Patterns found in the natural world serve as the primary inspiration for my abstract compositions.  The “Journey of the Phoenix” and “Flight Pattern” series are my interpretation of bird migration paths captured by Doppler radar.  Initially, I felt compelled to translate into paint the fantastic patterns the birds formed against the Earth’s topography below. However, as I began to paint, the pieces became as much about texture and investigating new methods of paint application as they were about pattern and color. These pieces involve the application and removal of several layers of paint.  Some of the layers are thick and almost sculptural, while others are thin as water.  I often employ “isolation” layers of clear medium between paint layers in order to create light-infused atmospheres and add depth to the two dimensional surface. 

© 2020 by Elizabeth H. Geisler.