I’m a poet as well as a visual artist; my paintings vary from abstract expressionism to more symbolic work. The interesting parallel between visual art and poetry is that both involve using symbols of ordinary things and juxtaposing them to make them become extraordinary.

I admire the French Symbolists: T. S. Eliot, HD, and poets such as Rilke, Neruda, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath, for their incredible ability to evoke emotion with their imagery, honesty, irony, and technical elegance. As a poet who used words to make visual imagery, I found myself wanting to create objects that conveyed the same symbolic dreamlike quality as poetry and have my paintings combine, fuse, and balance the conceptual with the traditional.

It's my hope to create an inner land of mystery, where there may be an opening to the pregnant silence of being -- where creativity, understanding, wisdom, empathy and celebration dwell.



“Color theory is very important to me for it affects the physiological as well as the psychological perceptions of the viewer.”

Elizabeth Sheehan is a visual artist and poet based in the North Shore area of Massachusetts.  She has exhibited in many exhibitions, open studios, and benefits.  Elizabeth draws inspiration from Fauve painters and German expressionists, as well as her favorites Paul Klee and Marc Chagall.

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