Mixed media artist Elizabeth Hall wants to bring like-minded creative people in Airdrie together.
That’s why she created The Airdrie Artist social media pages in December 2019, to offer a virtual studio where local creatives can go to connect and share.
“Art plays an important part in the connection to ourselves and to each other,” says the 12-year Airdrie resident.
“It creates a strong tie to the community we live in, to the people that live here. It encourages creative thinking, develops conversation. If the people are the heart of a community, arts are the soul.”
Hall uses acrylics, watercolour, ink and various papers to create her works, which she describes as “seeded in human connection and emotions.”
We asked Hall 10 questions so you can get to know her better.
- Which living person do you most admire?
Honestly, my husband. For so many reasons.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being an old lady with my husband; my children living happy lives (with families of their own if that is what they want), and still creating with a head full of memories I can smile about.
- What is your favourite meal?
Something called yesumdesums… basically a fried dough my Grandma Digou taught me to make.
- What book or movie has had a lasting impression on you?
I would have to pick the works of Jim Henson. To this day, I am still amazed at the creativity in his storytelling, the interesting and creative characters and the elaborate worlds he created. It opened my mind to believe we can bring our wildest imaginations to life.
5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I don’t really have any, as far as I am aware.
- What do you most value in your friends?
People who are creative, intelligent, and not afraid to be themselves and accept me fully. Those who can have a great conversation or debate and of course have a great laugh with.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to sculpt marble like an old master.
- What is your motto?
I don’t really have one as nothing really covers everything I’d like to say.
- If you could do any other job what would it be?
I’ve already had my dream career as a tattoo artist, so now it would be just to keep developing my artwork and if it was to organically develop into a professional art career that would be wonderful – just to have more people enjoy the work I love creating.
- What is your most treasured possession?
My first painting, which I gave to my Grandpa Digou when I was 12. He made a frame and gave it back to me when I got married.