Elizabeth Bradford (American)
Elizabeth Bradford is a native Carolinian, with deep roots in the rural landscape. During much of her career she has worked to record the traditional look of the land prior to its urbanization. Her work has centered on images drawn from her rural community and her family’s ancestral farm in north Mecklenburg County where she lives. In recent years she has, as well, painted the countries to which she has traveled, and explored her own inner landscape through a series of archetypal self portraits. She studied art at Randolph Macon Woman’s College, the University of North Carolina, and at Davidson College, and is represented in corporate and private collections all over the United States. She was included in the United States’ State Department’s Art In Embassies Program which places representative work by American artists in embassies around the world. In 2006 Bradford was chosen as the featured artist for North Carolina’s first statewide Women’s Conference. She has had many solo exhibitions, including shows at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College. Her work focuses on intricate formal patterns found in nature, and on the experience of color, and ranges from small and intimate to large in scale. Currently her medium is acrylic on canvas or wood panel. Though representational , her paintings have a strong connection to the traditions of abstraction, and show, as well, the influence of the Pattern and Decoration movement and Pop Art.