Elizabeth Shreve

Elizabeth Shreve

Elizabeth Shreve’s rich paintings are replete with beautiful, painterly light that arises from her appreciation and analysis of day to day life. Figurative and psychological, they balance her inner conflict between art and psychology. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, she lived and painted in New York for nine years. Her paintings became more intense when she returned to the Midwest to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. After a decade of practicing psychology, she enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed her MFA in painting in 1997. Since then, she has employed the figure as a means of emotional experience amidst panoramic Midwestern landscapes and in interior scenes abundant with delightful desserts. Shreve makes her home in rural Wisconsin where her neighbors and surroundings supply ample inspiration for her perfectly complete paintings.