Texas native Elizabeth Dryden is an up and coming artist in the Dallas area making a wave and grabbing the attention of the Dallas art scene and beyond. The many layers intertwined together in her mixed media work make each piece a mystery to unfold. While colorful and adventurous at first glance, there are volumes of information held below the surface. She is inspired greatly by contradictions in life between positive and negative forces that can be observed subtly within her paintings. The longer one studies each piece, the more information is revealed. The subjects of Elizabeth’s work are primarily animals, which she uses metaphorically to express emotion and the messages she wants the viewer to unveil. She believes animals are good subjects because they are without stereotypes and can be a symbol of many things.
The caged bird series is about feeling trapped in any given situation in life. Life can hinder your full potential if there is something that holds you back from reaching your goals. These various obstacles could be an unfulfilling job, inner fears, a location, finances, or even a relationship. The birds are unable to fly- to break free of their cages and often times end up getting “served” to a greater force. She began the series while struggling with her own life issues of feeling trapped in a recent end to a long relationship.
Elizabeth grew up in Dallas and is excited to be recently relocated back home since leaving for college at the University of Arizona in 2000. Graduating from Texas Woman’s University with a degree in Art Education in 2005, she has since lived in Arizona, Washington state, and Kentucky before returning to her home city and state of Dallas, Texas. She continues to further her career as an artist, spokesperson and lead artist for DecoArt, managing her Pet Portrait business called “Pawtraits”, as well as show her fine art internationally while painting and creating new work in her studio.