About Silk Spirit
Most of Elizabeths paintings are spiritually inspired, with the exception of the occasional portrait or commissioned piece. Many paintings are spontaneous in their creative and evolutionary direction, with only music for inspiration. A lot of the time, the music would be Native American or New Age meditation; however, once in a while, U2 and loud rock & roll! But whatever the motivation or creative catalyst may be, an image, a message, and part of Elizabeths own identity always flow onto the canvas from her heart and spirit; sometimes effortlessly, sometimes with great concentration, emotion, and maybe even a few tears... but always with sincerity, free expression, and boundless enthusiasm!
Elizabeth has a unique style that has been described as "ethereal". However, she describes it as being "Emotion and Motion". Movement is very evident in her work to depict the passionate life. Elizabeth has also been described as portraying sensuality through her work. In answer to this, she states:We are sentient beings. So many people believe that sensuality and spirituality cannot co-exist. However, I believe they are one in the same. Passion is more than just a feeling; it is who we are!
Elizabeths unique painting style is no different from that of any other great artist, in the sense that the tiny details of her brush strokes, the layering and flow of the strokes, and the way in which paint and color are distributed within brush strokes can be as distinctive as fingerprints, and can be relied upon by experts to declare, "This is an Elizabeth Silk Original"! Because of this "signature" style, Elizabeths work will always be recognizable as her own, and its largely responsible for the passionate, flowing nature of her images, appearing as though the paint is still liquid and forever in motion on the canvas.
Rarely in the past did Elizabeth do portraiture commissions. In fact, the only ones done were where she was compelled to do so anonymously for someone who had a tragedy happen in their lives, like the loss of a child. Silks portraits hold a lot more meaning than a mere resemblance of a person; their spirit has to shine through their eyes. For Elizabeth to paint such a commissioned piece, the photograph must be large enough and have sufficient resolution to show all critical details (especially the eyes).