Elizabeth Schippert works in several media: drawing, painting, collage, pochoir, and lithography and intaglio printmaking. Her preferred subjects emphasize the essential structure of a thing, a place, figure, or concept; often she employs imagination to distill interactions of form, value, and color in a succinct and meaningful composition. Lizzi also does illustrations and accepts commissions.
After studying art and biology at Emmanuel College in Boston, Lizzi went on to study at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. She focused on classical techniques in printmaking, figure and portrait drawing and painting, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, to mention some disciplines. She developed a unique printmaking technique out of the classic hand-coloring medium, pochoir, which utilizes stencils and airbrush. This technique is included in the 1990 edition of the Secrets of Buying Art, by Wenniger and Wenniger, Betterway Press.
A professional artist since 1973, Lizzi has exhibited her work in over 35 solo exhibitions nationwide, in Sweden, Japan, and the Caribbean, with five shows in Manhattan. An award-winning artist in several media, Lizzi has exhibited in group and invitational events stretching from Hawaii to Sweden. These venues range from a solo invitational billboard in Columbus, Ohio, to Art Expo in New York. Her work is held in museum and public venues in Sweden and in many public, corporate, and private collections nationally and internationally.
Lizzi has taught self-portraiture at the Teen Arts Festival, Brookdale Community College, sponsored by MCAC, in March 2007. In 1993, Lizzi and her husband, artist Sven Widen, established Open Your Eyes to provide art instruction and international art workshops. As a teaching team, Lizzi and Sven have offered art instruction and inspiration in Red Bank since 1995 and regularly hold Plein Air workshops in New Jersey during the warm months. Together, they have led travel art workshops in Maine; Monhegan Island, ME; Vermont; Florida; France; and Japan. In September 2007, they led cultural and art trips to Classic Florence and Venice, and in spring 2008, a Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan, both sponsored by Classic Travel, Inc. (including Michelangelo Tours of Italy) of Oakhurst, NJ.
New Jersey Watercolor Society, juried member
Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ, instructor and member
Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ, instructor and member
Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, instructor and exhibiting member
Arts Partner as Open Your Eyes with the Monmouth County Art Council, Red Bank, NJ