About The Artist

Elizabeth M.Preston, M.A., is an award-winning artist and educator who paints and teachesart in the historic “Old Stone Cellar” at 226 W. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont,California.  Living in St. Louis in 1972,she had an opportunity to see Van Gogh's Souvenirde Mauve in a museum exhibition and that viewing launched her career in art(see The Spiritual Significance of Artin the blog).  Initially. she studied undera number of watercolorists in St. Louis, Cleveland and Chicago, including Clarence Perkins, Robert Tacketch, Dan Stone, Florian Laughton, LowellEllsworth Smith, Robin Wertz, and Nancy Fortunato.  Relocating to California in 1984, she pursuedher fascination with color and light using a variety of media in arepresentational approach, with studies at various times under Mary Aslin,Gerald Brommer, Robert Burridge, Jean Carbonetti, Betty Hook, Fealing Lin,Barbara Nechis, Chris Van Winkle and Milford Zornes.  Travels in Europe, New Zealand, and theAustralian outback in 2004–2005 pushed her beyond representational work into anew world of abstract expression, using sculpted gesso, found objects, and multiplelayers of acrylic color.  In 2018,Elizabeth will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the opening of her Claremontstudio and gallery.  She is representedin Montclair, CA by Gallery SOHO.  She and her husband Robert (andDestiny-the-plus-sized-cat) live at 4200 feet elevation in the San GabrielMountains overlooking the Los Angeles basin.

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