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An artist of many colors

Nisky’ woman’s paintings, poetry at local cafe art show

Elizabeth MacFarland stands next to a painting of herself as a little girl, which is included in her art show at the Moon & River Café.

Elizabeth MacFarland stands next to a painting of herself as a little girl, which is included in her art show at the Moon & River Café. Photo by John Purcell.

— “I used to spend hours and hours practicing the piano,” she said. “I am still practicing and doing music, but not as intensively as I used to.”

She said what she enjoys about painting is similar to what she used to enjoy about being at the piano for long periods of time.

“Kind of leave the present moment and go into another place that is very quiet and meditative,” she said. “There is a very real challenge, it is work and I like the challenge of it.”

Every single painting is a process involving many hours of thought. She said she would take different photographs and images and would combine different elements from various sources.

“Painting is hard work, but that is what is so fun about it,” she said.

Over time she has noticed a change in her painting style and she said moving forward she wants to make more statements with her paintings.

“I want to go into less being tied to reality,” she said. “Paintings that involve metaphors or dream-like images … are what I am interested in doing next.”

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