Elizabeth Dunlop is a self-taught artist who has been creating art since she was a child. For 23 years, she taught reading and writing to Junior High students in South Phoenix but would come home and create at night and during the weekends, usually watercolor paintings. She quit her full time teaching job in 2008 to become a full time artist.
After taking a one day glass class in 2009, Elizabeth knew she’d found a special medium that could be developed into her very own style. She’d bought a few Dichroic glass pendants over the years so when she took the fusing workshop, she had a plan; to make pendant-like glass pieces but bigger and mount them on copper and other metals. She bought her first kin that very day. That’s how it all began.
She loves combining metals such as steel, copper, bronze, and brass into levels, separated by wood. Although the glass is the main focus of her pieces, the backdrop is also an integral part of Elizabeth’s art. She uses patina products and the Arizona sunshine to create the interesting textures and shapes on some of her metals. Watercolor canvas is also used as a backdrop in some of her pieces. The richness of coppers, bronze and brass are her three favorites but recently has been using a lot of textured aluminum due to the complimentary shine of the metal.
Elizabeth currently has three kilns. She makes her wall sculpture to fit any surroundings, contemporary or rustic, eclectic or simple. “I want the glass pieces to compliment the metals and textures and come together in such a way so that each piece sparkles with individuality and luminescence. Each is different and unique with its own special light characteristics and sparkle. I couldn’t replicate pieces even if I wanted to!!” Everyone who owns her pieces has a one-of-a-kind piece.
Texture, form, color, and energy are essential components in all Elizabeth’s art. She believes everyone should surround themselves with things they love in the places where they spend the most time.