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Original Skin: Botanical Resilience in a Changing Climate

Overview

Original Skin is a botanical study of the beauty, resilience and strength of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia), as it is impacted by fire. Native to both Iowa and California, prickly pear cactus is one of the hardiest plants in the face of fire, heat and drought. The paintings in Original Skin depict the cactus’ ability to shed its scorched skin and reveal new outer flesh, flowers and pears after experiencing wildfire.

As an Iowa native, Elizabeth grew up with a reverence for the flora of the state. She has lived half her life in Iowa and half in California, and her heart belongs to both places. Elizabeth Wallace is best known for her portrait studies of nature. She paints outdoors, blending pigments made from the earth (umber, sienna, ochre) onto canvas. Armed with large brushes and a fresh palette of paint, she looks to the natural landscape and her intuition for guidance.

Wallace studied fine art drawing and painting at the Laguna College of Art and Design and was awarded Best of Fine Arts. Prior to her studies in Laguna Beach, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. She currently exhibits at Mission Fine Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Elizabeth hopes that these paintings will remind us that our earth and its resources are sacred—that despite incredible odds, nature can recover if we do our part in respecting the natural world.

Join us for Elizabeth's opening reception on June 29, 2017 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Original Skin: Botanical Resilience in a Changing Climate