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Rapid River Magazine June 2019

Animals in Art in WNC

FINE ART “Veil I” by

FINE ART “Veil I” by Elizabeth Henderson “Veil II” by Elizabeth Henderson Elizabeth Henderson talks about being a ‘Visionary Surrealist’ BY STAFF REPORTS • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE I am a visionary, as many of my compositions and images come to me while in mediation; sometimes in reading poetry; other times, when my mind is a clean slate. I begin a composition by going from dot (cosmic egg) to line to an image, and after that, the picture and icons evolve and develop. However, I am most often finding new ideas, icons and hieroglyphs from various sources: Mayan, Aztec, Egyptian, Medieval English, French, Celtic and Islamic manuscript illuminations; Buddhist, East Indian tar, Art Deco and Surrealist art. I also incorporate many architectural elements that I have seen while traveling around the world and living abroad. I seek to convey the uncanny, miraculous, and mysterious, and what motivates the eye and hand to see, to make the mind and spirit see. Mayan art is especially uncanny to me. It feels very surreal to me. So many of my sources do feel surreal to me, which is why I call myself a Surrealist. 8 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 22, NO. 10 JUNE 2019

FINE ART “Veil III” by Elizabeth Henderson “Veil IV” by Elizabeth Henderson It fascinates me that in many of these other cultures, the artist studies with a master and seeks not to make something NEW, as we do in the West, but seeks to carry a tradition correctly. Over thousands of years, for example, Egyptian, Buddhist, and Mayan art, the images remain the same, and the artist has faithfully, basically, followed the traditions and teachings of the master. These are the ideas that motivate my art. My technique is coloring-in. I make acrylic or watercolor washes and superimpose the composition on them. I keep notebooks full of drawings from which I make paintings on paper, canvas, or wood. I am a D.C. transplant, living in Asheville to be near my daughter and grandchildren. I have made art all of my life and have traveled widely. I received my art education in D.C. at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, where I received my BFA. I have a niche in Gallery 310 Art in the Riverview Station and a studio in the same building. IF YOU GO Elizabeth Henderson Current Exhibit: Gallery 310 Art in the Riverview Station. • Libets2@icloud.com Elizabethhendersonartist.com • 119 Lyman St., Asheville • Henderson’s Studio: #217 Riverview Station, South Entrance to building. Spice it up for spring! Over 65 Seasonings, Rubs & Spices Largest selection of Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegar in WNC 224 Branner Ave. Waynesville 828-246-6868 Mon - Sat 10-6 VOL. 22, NO. 10 — JUNE 2019 | RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | 9