Elizabeth B. Hughes, Artist
I am an artist in Chester County near Coatesville, PA, working in both watercolor and oils. My subjects are nature, landscapes, flowers and still life.
I grew up in rural Upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes region. My dad was the superintendent of a state park so I was always surrounded by nature. My artistic endeavors before college, however, were ballet and ice skating. I pursued math and science earning a BS in Biology from Cornell University.
After college I competed in ice dancing at the national level and then taught skating for 12 years. After earning an MBA I worked in universities in a business administrator capacity.
As I neared retirement I started taking watercolor classes as I’d always loved the watercolors my aunt did. While I was still working I found painting was a good de-stressor and antidote to working with numbers all day.
Now that I’m retired I try to paint every day. Spending time in my studio I get lost in the painting. It is very Zen-like. I enjoy the challenge of working on a 2-dimensional surface and making objects appear to be 3-dimensional.
Over my painting life I have taken classes from a number of Philadelphia area artists: Sarah Yeoman, Alice Meyer Wallace and Dena Ball, among others, for watercolor and Randall Graham and Bonnie Mettler for oils.
I have exhibited in juried and non-juried shows at the Plastic Club on Camac Street in Philadelphia, the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA, the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA, the Oxford Art Alliance in Oxford, PA. I was also part of a 3-person exhibition at the 3 Pigs Cafe in West Chester, PA, and have participated in the Hillview Artisan Open Studio Sale in Coatesville, PA.