Artist’s Statement

My artwork takes two forms: fact and fiction. As an avid sketcher, much of my work comes from direct observation. Like a documentary, my sketches are immediate and factual as I go out into the world and record my surroundings, my friends, and my dinner, though with expression and whimsy that gives them a deeper emotional quality.

I also make oil paintings on canvas and on paper. Though my paintings tell stories of memory and relationships by focusing on people and places, they are removed enough from fact for me to call them fiction. The images are filtered through memory and time, through stories heard over and over from relatives, read over and over in favorite books, and seen over and over in favorite movies. The results are a reflection on memory and relationships, and help to make sense of the connections between people, places and moments, and the stories that tie us together.

Each form can’t exist without the other: I need fact to make fiction, and I need fiction to make sense of fact. I make sketches and I make paintings to tell the story of the people and places that help shape us.


Fast Sketching with Ink and Watercolor
August 11, 18, 25;
Oil on Paper Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
at Flicker Street Studio

1st Saturdays w/ Memphis Urban Sketchers 

© 2010 Elizabeth Alley. All Rights Reserved.

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