As an avid sketcher, much of my work comes from direct observation. My sketches are immediate and factual as I document the world in sketches.
My small watercolor and ink paintings are a step removed from sketches. I make them as I reflect on the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, and the sketches I’ve made.
I also make oil paintings that tell the stories of people and places. As they are farther removed from sketches, it’s like I’m creating a fictionalized account of the original moment.
More than anything I want to tell stories through sketching and painting about the people and places that help shape us.
Elizabeth Alley was born in Memphis, TN, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Memphis. In addition to making paintings and filling up sketchbooks, she teaches at Flicker Street Studio, organizes Memphis Urban Sketchers, and creates commissions. Since 1999 she has organized and participated in 32 solo and group shows.
Elizabeth spent over 11 years in public art administration, two years in the roller derby, served as president of Urban Sketchers, and by day works as a technical communicator with a flair for project management. Other interests include reading, traveling, making lists, and staring out the window.