Born in New Jersey, Liz Fracchia discovered The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in her teens. That was the seed planted for her life as an artist. Years later she would return to New York City to study at the Art Students League. Fracchia also received a certificate in art studio from UC Berkeley Extension and studied with Fred Reichman, Donald Bradford and Eva Bovenzi. She has exhibited in several galleries and participated in numerous Juried shows. Liz is a member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, a center for American art, and she has maintained a studio in San Francisco for 20 years.
Liz is interested in what is beneath the surface, what is revealed in going deeper: the emotion, the truth. Known for her textural and luminous colored canvases, she often digs below the many layers of paint to bring what is hidden to light. She works exclusively in oil paint.
Painting is an interior pursuit for me. When approaching the blank canvas, I have no preconceived ideas of what the painting will be. I use no references. My figures emerge, disappear and reappear until finally I connect strongly with the image, then the job of bringing life and emotion through paint begins. I build layers of paint, then dig back into them to reveal a texture or color underneath that adds beauty, depth and elegance to the piece. The figure is placed in an atmospheric setting, not held in by space. I paint soft edges, which contribute to the breathing quality I seek. At this point, I am very emotionally connected to the work and the process of creativity.
Some of my figures deal with the feelings of isolation from broken relationships: the questioning, the loss of family, friends, partners, the loneliness, the seeking, the pain, the mystery. All human emotions we prefer to avoid but can’t.