I've been an artist all my life---a third generation professional and a legacy graduate of Parsons School of Design in NYC (1970), with a major in graphics and illustration. As a kid, art was all around me and I absorbed it like a sponge. At age fourteen I sold my first painting for fifteen bucks, and never looked back. When I finally realized that being an artist was what I loved most of all, and that achieving this was something for which I was willing to work very hard, I went after that goal with determination. The other things I enjoyed doing: music, amateur theater, and writing, slipped into the corners and pockets of time that were left over as I prepared for what was to become a forty-year (and still counting) art/design career.
During those forty years, I've been on staff, freelanced, had one-man shows and been in group shows (watercolors), designed and painted theater sets, did magazine and kid's book illustration (The Beautiful Duckling by Charlsie Austin Parks is still available), illustrated The Official Ocean Grove [NJ] Coloring Book, designed book covers, and took on calligraphy, watercolor, and portrait commissions.
I've worked for Asmara, Inc., a high-end carpet manufacturer near Boston, since 1993. The art staff of one is: me. I work with Winsor and Newton Designer's Gouache on illustration board with teeny, tiny brushes. To see my "portfolio", visit our website: www.asmarainc.com. I'm responsible for more than 90% of the designs. This work in the Home Furnishings Business (fashions for the home) is creative, challenging, and euphoric: There are times I can't believe I get to draw and paint for a living. Is this great, or what?
I recently learned to create rug designs on my computer with special software just for carpets. A "brave new world", indeed. I enjoy the challenge, and trial and error notwithstanding, it's fun.
Truth be told, there are times I miss painting a story. That's what illustration is---telling a story in shapes and colors instead of words. All artists are part of what they're painting: whether a rug design or a landscape. Illustration is different because you get to play pretend. You get to "try on" your character: How does he move in a sword fight? Grab your yardstick and lunge away. How does she react to her surroundings? For facial expressions you have a mirror handy. What sort of shadow does the lace curtain cast on a nearby wall? Grab that old lace table-runner your mother-in-law gave you decades ago and try it out. Staying in this imaginary world is fun---no two ways about it. Like being an actor, only in another medium. Or being a writer. (Please visit: www.elizabethmoisan-books.jimdo.com)
LET IT BE SO
True creativity is fearless. Young children are masters of limitless expression because they haven't yet been confined and pigeon-holed by the adult world. The standardization often used to provide an even playing field during maturation also controls the process and the outcome of creativity, robbing many people of this gift. Those of us who retain some of this child-like freedom are truly blessed. To keep even the smallest bit is the work of a lifetime.
Thanks for reading. You've been very patient.
PS. I don't know---is regular biography stuff important, do you suppose? I was born in 1949, and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, twenty-five minutes by train to mid-town Manhattan. I have terrific parents and a first class sister. Went to school, worked, and lived in the city (that would be NYC, where I had a four room apartment on the East Side for $175 a month---waaaay long ago), then lived in Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore for twenty-five years before moving to Cape Cod in 2001---my heart's desire and a place of very deep family roots.
I'm the founding host of two literary groups: ABITH (A Book in the Hand) and Shelf Space; I play folk guitar in an 7-member folk music group called Just Plain Folk and we perform locally; I knit; I lead a weekly writer's group; belong to a fun book club; and I'm an Arts and Letters member of the Cape Cod Branch of the National League of American Pen Women for which I am serving as secretary. I've been a widow for twenty-six years; I have a great 35-year-old son, Andrew, who's a para-medic and a talented writer and musician. And I live with a friendly, polite, perfect-New England-type-ginger- tabby cat named "Sam", after the pirate in my book.