Liz Thoresen



Liz Thoresen pursued her artistic passion from an early age and became an Art teacher in 1973.  Her interest at the time was Ceramics and she moved to Australia where she taught High School Art and Ceramics at Caulfield Institute of Technology in Melbourne. After owning and operating a veterinary clinic for 25 years with her husband, she has since retired and able to pursue her passion of painting full time.  An award wining artist she has participated in many local and national group and solo shows. Her art has been published in two books and on the cover of the international magazine, the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.  She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the International Society of Acrylic Artists, the International Society of Experimental Artists and Painter’s Showcase.  She is represented by Basic Space Gallery, Portland, Oregon. 

Artist Statement

Art-making is my terrible twin.  This life-long relationship of contrast has been one of pleasure and exhilaration and one of frustration and discomfort.  Making art is difficult to predict.  It is similar to being with that crazy, reckless friend who makes you feel alive so you throw caution to the wind and happily let things fall as they may.   
I begin my landscapes with a preconceived idea of what the end result “should” look like and become the observer as the painting unfolds into it’s own interpretation. Other times, my abstracts unveil themselves unannounced.  I allow color, texture, line, shape, pattern, and scale to dictate it’s own direction.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, I draw inspiration from the surrounding landscapes and the lighting unique to the area.  Ideas materialize from conversations, quotations, man-made and natural shapes, animals, humor, and exercise where they are filed away in my imagination to emerge at a later time.   
Painting with acrylics allows me the ability to layer paint and change direction on a whim.  The magic that happens when color blends on paper, canvas, or board excites me and leads me from painting to painting.  My relationship with my terrible twin is a good one.  It keeps me uncomfortable enough to not become complacent and keeps me moving forward.  We should always be moving forward. 

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