The human figure is the theme of my art.  My work is classical in spirit, but handled in contemporary terms.  It is a personal expression of my own feelings, and the result of first-hand experience and emotional trials.  As I work directly from the model, reality is my starting point and becomes my vehicle for artistic expression.  I combine both abstract and figurative elements in my paintings which allows me to free myself from the conventional.  I want each work to be a new and challenging adventure for me as well as the viewer.  Making an artistic statement is what is most important to me, not reproducing nature.

– Liz Gribin