LIZ WINCUP FINE ART
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LIZ WINCUP: BIOGRAPHY AND AFFILIATIONS
I grew up in Lighthouse Point on the Atlantic coast of Florida and have spent most of my life in the coastal south or at sea level. As a college student at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA I had the opportunity to study in the former Belgrade, Yugoslavia for a summer. I remember taking the ferry across the Adriatic to Italy. I fell in love with all the art and museums there. I was fascinated by anything of the Renaissance or Baroque periods. Art history became a lifelong passion and pastime.
I got my Bachelor's degree in History with an emphasis in Art History and taught school for a few years before becoming a full time Mom. It was then that I started painting, taking classes at night in local strip shopping malls and continuing education at LSU. I set up a little corner of our garage for "my" painting space. Right there next to the lawn mower!
When my children got in elementary school I went back to work as a fundraiser for local arts groups and enrolled in LSU as a post grad in independent studies in painting and drawing. Along the way I also learned how to throw pots. I spent a year with a very kind gentleman in Baton Rouge, Pres Kors, who was a wonderful ceramic artist. He was a great mentor and taught me everything he knew about the art of ceramics.
In 1990 my husband Pete and I moved to Brussels, Belgium for a year with his company. I had the opportunity there to further explore my interest in art history. The great thing about Brussels is that you can drive for an hour in any direction and be in another country. I got in the car most mornings and went in one direction or another and hit all the museums and contemporary galleries in that particular country. It was a vagabond experience and I soaked it in like a sponge. I'd come home at night and draw and paint little paintings in our rented little kitchen in our post modernism concrete high rise. It was a pretty cool time for us.
Today Pete and I live in Mount Dora, FL (Yes, I did say Mount!) so I'm back to my Florida roots. I've gone from painting realistically in oils to my own form of abstraction using acrylics and occasionally mixed media. I love the coastal south and particularly landscapes and my interest has always been in imagery rather than recording descriptively.
I teach abstract painting at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts and conduct workshops in Central Florida venues. I particularly like the teaching because it keeps me fresh and brings me in contact with like-minded people. I have met some really great people through this experience.
Off the Beaten Path:
Participated in 2013-14 as a member of Baker Street Artists’ Studios. 2019 was a guest artist at Wild Ibis Studio in Eustis
Lake Eustis Museum of Art: Eustis, FL
Member 2016 to present
Solo Exhibit February, 2019 “The Far Side of Yonder”
Mount Dora Public Arts Commission
Member 2013 -2018
Mount Dora Center for the Arts:
2011 to present.
Member and Instructor
SoBo Gallery: Winter Garden:
Member, instructor and exhibitor 2016 to present
Baker Street Artists’ Studios: Downtown Mount Dora, FL
One of four working artists who worked and exhibited together from 2011 to 2018. We coordinated the Mount Dora 2nd
Friday Art Stroll for four years. Our building was sold in 2018 and renovated for office space. I have moved my studio
Artisans on fifth: A Mount Dora artists’ cooperative gallery
Member 2010 to 2013: President 2013
Eustis Art League:
Member 2014 to present