"A successful representational painting transcends technique and gimmickry, eliciting from the viewer a sense of connection with the truer nature of the subject. In the best of these works we are taken, almost unwittingly, into the heart of the painting. Here we feel, down to the bone, the more intrinsic qualities of a scene _ be they lovely or disturbing, either way we are mesmerized. If we are very lucky our own hearts are broken open" -- Elizabeth Pollie
Elizabeth Pollie’s exposure to the arts came at an early age. Taken to museums, enrolled in classes by her parents and influenced by her father’s love of art and architecture, she was always clear about her path in life. “Working within the field of visual arts never seemed like a choice, but rather a place of true belonging”. She enrolled in college art classes while still in high school and went on to receive an education at a formal Art School. She earned her B.F.A. at The College For Creative Studies where she later taught.
Before turning to a full time painting career Elizabeth worked as a freelance illustrator within the editorial field. During that time she had her work published in several Communication Art’s Illustration Annuals and Booth Clibborn’s, American Illustration.
Harboring a deep love of travel and art history, Elizabeth has combined her travels with her painting practice. The images that she creates are infused with a sense of poetry, mood and depth. From capturing the authentic nature of animals to broad expanses of water and land, Pollie’s work has a quality of sincerity woven into it. Mystery, solitude and intimacy comingle to create a palpable experience.
Her paintings reside in both public and private collections here and abroad and have received much national recognition. She is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters Of America and The American Women Artists.
Elizabeth has found a deep sense of place within the rekindled practice of representational and plein air painting in America. Of this movement Pollie reflects, “ It is celebration, an homage and in many ways a joyous homecoming. I am pleased to be a part of it.
Selected Articles, Journals and Books
Poets &Artists, “Celebration”, June 2014, Curated by Daniel Maidman.
2014 Fine Art Connoiseur, “Celebrating Marine Art Today”,Kelly Compton
2013 Southwest Art, Feature Article and Magazine Cover” Heaven On Earth; Artist Elizabeth Pollie finds inspiration everywhere”, Gussie Fauntleroy
2012 American Art Collector, Feature Article; June Issue, “Elizabeth Pollie One Artist’s Voice.”
2012 Southwest Art, March Issue, “Horsing Around -10 artists interpret the equine form. 2011 Traverse Magazine; Feature article, September Issue,” With Gratitude, Elizabeth Pollie.”Aaron Brooks
2007 Mackinac Living; Feature Article, Summer issue,” Horse Power, Artist Elizabeth Pollie ignites the island”
American Women Artists -Signature Member
Oli Painters Of America- Signature member
Selected Awards And Juried Shows
One Woman Show, Elizabeth Pollie , The Hours ;The Unfolding Of A Day. Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Mi. June- Sept.
2015 Oil Painters Of America 24th Annual National Exhibit, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, S.t Augustine , FL
2015 Bold Brush Competition Finalist, January, Judge Timothy Tyler.
2015 Bold Brush Competition Finalist, December Judge- Ann Craft Walker.
2015 RayMar Art Competition Finalist, March and December.
2014 American Women Artists, Signature Member status.
2014 Oil Painters Of America Fall Showcase; Second Place for “In A beautiful Pea-Green Boat”, Juror; Dan Beck.
2014, Door County Plein Air Festival, Honorable Mention, Juror, Steve Doherty, Editor of Plein Air Magazine.
2014 American Women Artists, Rogue Guirey Simpson Memorial Award, Addison Gallery. Orleans, MA.
2014 NOAPS, Award of Merit, Spring Online Exhibit.
2013 Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional, Bronze Award, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD.
2013 American Impressionist Society National Show, The M Gallery Of Fine Art, Charleston, SC.
2013 American Women Artists, Award Of Recognition- 2 Dimensional-“Blue Boy”, RS Hanna Gallery Fredericksburg,TX.
2013 American Women Artists On line Juried Competition- Assoc. Members, Award Of Merit- “Crossroads And Kings”
2013 October Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ Crossroads and Kings” , Juror; Qiang Huang.
2013 August Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ Winters Burden” , Juror Marc Hanson.
2013 July Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ The Horse Before The Cart” , Juror Kim Lordier.
2013 May Raymar Art Competition Finalist “ In Black And White” , Juror; Doug Matthews.
2013 January Raymar Art Competition Finalist, “Lord Of The Manor”, Juror; Nancy Guzik.
2013 Oil Painters Of America Inaugural Salon Show, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI. Silver Award for OPA Salon Paint out “Pond No. 12”
2013 Oil Painters Of America 22th National Exhibit, Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2012 Oil Painters Of America Fall Showcase: Honorable Mention- “The Horse Before The Cart”.
2012 Oil Painters Of America Summer Showcase; Second Place “The Cows Came Home”.
2012 Oil Painters Of America 21st National Exhibit, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO.
2012 American Art Invitational ,Small Gems, Saks Galleries, Denver ,Co.
2011 Raymar Art Competition Finalist
2011 Oil Painters Of America 20th National Exhibit. 2nd Place Silver Medal, Coeur D’Alene Idaho.
2010 American Women Artist’s National Show. Award of Merit. Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX
2010 Best of Show, Salmagundi Club, Non-Members Show. New York, NY
2010, Mackinac Island Richard and Jane Manoogian Fine Arts Museum $5000.00 Purchase Award.
2010 Best of Show, June Bold Brush Fine Art Competition.
2010 Richeson 75 still life and Floral exhibition, 2nd Place.