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Elizabeth Gorcey

Elizabeth Gorcey has devoted her life to the pursuit of art that intrigues her, stories that compel her, and the elevation of authentic voices that must be heard. Her dedication has allowed Elizabeth to discover and pursue her own creativity and talents while inspiring others to do the same.

How would you describe/define yourself?

As a human being on this planet, I hope to add something to the universe rather than take it away. Every moment in life we are creating, and I define myself by this creativity. We can connect and communicate while lifting people up or we can bring others down. Either way, we create it. For my life path, I chose to lift both myself and others up!

When and why did you decide to choose painting designing as a career? 

I would say it wasn’t a choice, but rather it was a gift that was given. Since childhood, I would stay up many nights making shoe box art worlds from recycled materials. I was very sensitive and empathic as a kid and was often confused by the feelings I intuited from those around me. I didn't know how to express the feelings I absorbed other than to move the energy through creating art and painting. To this day I remain a highly intuitive, and for me, words cannot always express the fullness of what I need and want to share. Therefore, I paint because I must.

What according to you is a favorite part of being a Paint Artist?

I adore painting, specifically with oil paints, because they have the capacity to showcase the full depth of the human experience. I utilize all shades of the color spectrum in order to highlight the human conflict or message I am attempting to illustrate.  I enjoy painting over my older creations of mine in order to create additional layers and texture. Utilizing brushes, sculpting tools, and rags, my layering techniques support the complexity of this human condition - beyond the facade of a person and deep into their soul’s experience.

What inspires you as an Artist? How do you visualize your muses?

I am fascinated with the human condition, and more specifically, with how each of us experiences and sees ourselves, as well as one another on our collective journey. When I look around and see what's happening in the world today it makes my heart break for humanity, and it propels me to paint. I feel the pain, sorrow and discontent of so many souls. I also see the beauty, potential, and hope in every living being. I hope that people who view my paintings recognize a piece of their own humanity and know they are being seen. I am inspired to capture the true soul and essence of whatever I might be painting as an authentic snapshot in time.

What’s your signature painting element? And why?

As mentioned previously, I love adding layers and texture to my work. What I find most fascinating about people is that we tend to wear masks when we are afraid to show our true selves. I'm interested in seeing the real person, not just what they present on the surface. Humans are complex beings and trying to understand them is similar to peeling an onion. Showing this complexity through my textures and layers is so inspiring to me. Regarding the types of paint used, I love them all, but specifically connect with oil paints due to the quality of depth I can achieve with them.

The painting you created are best without any doubt, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating such painting?  

The true essence of a human is always my inspiration. The physical exterior of someone is simply the top layer, and I like to look much, much deeper. Each and every element of emotion is unique to the subject, and a portrait should be uniquely detailed in its own way. I am also inspired by many past artists such as Egon, Van Gough, Whistler, Daumier, and many more. And of course my mentor, Zhenya Gershman.  All these Artists dare to push the boundaries, they paint and express from their soul.

What’s the best piece of artistic advice you’ve heard? And do you follow it?

 My mentor and teacher Zhenya Gershman told me: “You can’t measure the purpose of art.  In a practical sense it’s useless.  Yet it’s the only thing that has the capacity to save the world!” Yes, I follow this every day. It's very easy to look at art as non-practical - but to me, it's what makes the world move forward in a positive way.  It shines a light on that which otherwise might not be seen.

As we all know job of a painter is very tough. So how do you keep your mental and physical health fit?

I think the mind, body and spirit go hand and hand. Daily walks, yoga or some form of movement is a must. And for the mind and spirit, I paint and offer my gratitude daily!

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in their career and hoping to make it big as a Paint Artist? 

I would tell them to paint from their heart and soul. Do not paint to be liked or accepted. Art is meant to break the rules and redefine possibilities. It allows us to explore, be curious, and express ourselves.  

To whom would you like to give credits of your journey till now?

Pamela still working on this so no need to look at it. I’d like to thank my mom for bringing me to her art class when I was 5 years old. Because she didn’t have a babysitter, I would go with her and paint. It was there that I did my first watercolor entitled, The Chinese Tea Pot. This piece actually won a first place award and was displayed in the New Jersey State Museum! In addition, I’d like to acknowledge Zhenya Gershman, founder of Zhenya’s Art Academy. I met Zhenya later in life and our work together re-inspired the artist in me.  Zhenya's teaching philosophy is that a teacher acts like a "can opener".  As said by Zhenya, "Literally opening the potential stored inside each student,rather than filling them up with information.  In such a way the "can" in each artist is brought out at their own pace and their unique visions are materialized beyond their dreams! The reward as a teacher comes from witnessing the blossoming of creativity in a remarkable ways."

Anything you wish to share or quote in your interview?

"Forget what you know, and remember what you forgot." When I paint, I allow myself to dissolve and to exist as the observer. When I am grounded, I learn and create by removing my own opinion, and devote myself to the subject and the craft.


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