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Elizabeth McGhee

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The Graeae, 2014 Oil on Panel 40 X 60 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Cassandra, 2016 Oil on Panel 12 X 25 © Elizabeth McGhee
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DanaĆ«, 2015 Oil on Panel 12 X 25 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Hera, 2014 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Atalanta, 2014 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Themis, 2013 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Philomela, 2013 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Athena, 2014 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Circe, 2014 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Isis, 2013 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Persephone, 2013 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Hero, 2013 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Europa, 2013 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Theia, 2013 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Dryad, 2012 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Nausicaa, 2012 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Pythia, 2012 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Medusa, 2012 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Medea, 2012 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Rhea, 2012 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Dendritus, 2012 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Hades, 2010 Oil on Panel 12x16 Inches © Elizabeth McGhee
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Eileithyia, 2014 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Arachne, 2009 Oil on Panel 12x16 Inches © Elizabeth McGhee
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Moo, 2009 Oil on Panel 8x12 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Out of the Frying Pan, 2011 Oil on Panel 12 X 24 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel, 2010 Oil on Panel 12 X 16 © Elizabeth McGhee
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Quick Facts
Schools
Laguna College of Art & Design, 2009, BFA
Tags
realism, traditional, figurative
Statement

Biography:

A native of southern California, Elizabeth has exhibited at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach since 2010.  Her work is both nationally and internationally collected.

A figurative oil painter trained in the classical realist tradition, she graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting.  Elizabeth has also studied with Marc Trujillo, Sergio Sanchez, John Brosio, Jason Dowd, and master painter Lance Richlin.  

 

Artist Statement:

 

       My Mythica portrait series will have 80 paintings when it is completed.  Modernizing ancient Greek myths, I plan to explore how our digital age relates to archetypal stories that have been passed down through the millennia.

I often turn to humor to address serious or controversial subjects in my artwork.  With my still life paintings of toys I am examining how symbols are interpreted by individuals and through the lens of cultural dogma.   My intention is not to promote a particular concept or ideal, but to inspire analysis and contemplation in my viewers. 

 

Education

2006-2009 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD),B.F.A cum laude, Laguna Beach

2006-2008 Lance Richlin Atelier, Torrance, CA

 

Memberships

    The California Art Club, Artist Member

    Portrait Society of America

    The Cecilia Beaux Forum

 

Solo Show

2016            Realist Symbolism: Unconventional Interpretations of the Familiar, Concordia

                    University, Irvine, CA

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2016            32nd Annual National Juried Show, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA

                         (upcoming)

2016            Small Works Group Art Show, Los Angeles County Store, Los Angeles, CA

                         (upcoming)

2016            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2016            Artists’ Fund Board Member Show, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2016            105th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Autry

                         Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2016            Portraiture, CAP Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            Subjective Truths, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA (upcoming)

2015            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            Happiness Is..., Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            Artists’ Fund Board Member Show, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, USC Fisher

                            Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            Artists’ Fund Board Member Show, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            Portraits of the Fallen, Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda, CA

2014            Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            30th Annual National Juried Show, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA         

2013            6 Inch Squared, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2013            Beyond Borders Juried Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2013            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            34th Annual Mini-Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, Jackson State University,

                            Jacksonville, AL

2013            Our Town, LOCA, Laguna Nursery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Figures and Faces, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Playground- Art of Childhood, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2013            29th Annual National Juried Show, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA

2012            Small Packages Juried Exhibition, Art Beat on Main Street Gallery, Vista, CA

2012           Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition, Graceful Arts

                              Gallery and Studios, Alva, OK

2012            FISH Juried Exhibition, University of Oklahoma School of Art and History,

                              Norman, OK

2012            Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach

2012            Laguna In the Round, Don Beres Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (ongoing)

2012            Potpourri, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 

2012            Inside the Artist’s Studio: Still Life and Interiors Juried Exhibition, Altadena

                              Town and Country Club, Altadena, CA

2012            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2012            Black is Back, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2012            Summer Show, San Clemente Art Club, San Clemente, CA

2012            Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            The Great 948, The Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA

2011            Mixed Bag, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            Go Gold, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            Guajome Days, Rancho Guajome Adobe Museum, Vista, CA

2011            Mission Federal Art Walk, San Diego, CA

2011            Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            BlueCanvas Issue 7 Launch Event, Spring Arts Tower, Los Angeles, CA

2011            Portrait Show, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2010            Studio Arts Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2010            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2010            2010 Preview, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2010            Into the Blue, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2010            Grapes for Grads, Tivoli Too, Laguna Beach, CA

2010            Art That’s Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2010            Guest Artist, Surf and Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, CA

2009            Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, CA

2009            Industry Open House, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2009            Senior Fine Art Show, Seven Degrees Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2009            Best of the Best: Juried Student Exhibition, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2008            Professional Mentoring Program, De Ru Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

 

Honors and Awards

2016            2nd Place, Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            1st Place, Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach City Hall, CA

2015            Most Creative Concept, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            2013 Top 25: Fine Art, Creative Quarterly Magazine

2014            Honorable Mention, Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            People’s Choice Award, 30th Annual National Show, NVAL, Redding, CA

2014            Honorable Mention, Portraits VI, MyArtContest.com

2013            Most Amazing Ensemble, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Elected as an Artist Member, The California Art Club, Pasadena, CA

2013            Award of Merit, 29th Annual National Show, NVAL, Redding, CA

2012            3rd Place, Small Packages, Art Beat on Main Street Gallery, Vista, CA

2012            1st Place, Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach City Hall, CA

2012            Most Amazing Ensemble, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2012            Honorable Mention, Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            3rd Place, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2011            1st Place, Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2006-2009   Academic Scholarship Laguna College of Art and Design

2006-2008   Merit Scholarship, Lance Richlin Atelier

2003            Gold Key, and Silver Key, Scholastic Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2002            California Arts Scholar, California State Summer School of the Arts

2002            California Governor's Scholarship

 

 

Publications/ News

2016            Style and Substance Flourish Even in the 84th Year, by Daniells Walsh, Laguna

                    Beach Independent, 7/29

2016            Highlighting the Younger Set at the Gold Medal, by Molly Siple, California Art

                     Club Newsletter, Spring 2016

2016           Three Artists Present Portraiture, Laguna Beach Independent, 1/21

2016           McGhee Opens Art Club, Laguna Beach Independent, 1/15

2015           Subjective Truths at the Carnegie, Susan Zannos, Ventura County Reporter, 10/1

2015            Lost. Found. Treasured, by David Ferrell, Orange County Register, 9/7

2015            Laguna Artist Elizabeth McGhee Finds Beauty in the Past, by David Ferrell,

                              Coast Magazine, 8/26

2015            Beauty, Creativity Abound at Fashion Show, Laguna Beach Independent, 8/19

2015            Walk the Red Carpet..., Los Angeles Times, 8/7

2015            Lumina Magazine, Spring Issue

2014            Artist Portfolio Magazine’s Portrait Issue

2014            100 Best Annual 2013, Creative Quarterly Magazine

2013            The Art of a Storyteller, by Daniella Walsh, Laguna Beach Art Magazine,

                              winter quarterly issue

2013            From Fine Art To Found Fashion, Coastline Pilot 8/27

2013            A New Archetype Is Born, Laguna Beach Independent 8/23

2013            Elizabeth McGhee Reveals New Mythological Portrait, Stu News Laguna 8/27

2013            Mythica Series, Creative Quarterly Magazine, Spring/ Summer 2013

2012            Recycled Materials Reworked...., Laguna Beach Independent, 8/24

2012            Reusable High Fashion, Coastline Pilot, 8/24

2012            Recycled Fashions Make a Statement, Orange County Register, 8/23

2011            Artist Interview, CNC World News, Aired 9/3

2011            Festivals' Final Days of Fun, Coastline Pilot, 8/25

2011            Reclaimed Fashion Showcases, Laguna Beach Independent, 8/25

2011            Recycled Fashion Show.., Orange County Register, 8/20

2011            Festival of Arts Inspires Marriage Proposals, Orange County Register,

2011            Commissioned For Love, Coastline Pilot, 8/9

2011            Amid Sculptures and Paintings.., Laguna Beach Independent, 8/9

2011            Our Laguna: Artists are the Heart of the Festival Season, Coastline Pilot,

2011            Winners of Art That's Small, Coastline Pilot, 4/28

2011            Photograph of the artist and her work, Coastline Pilot, 1/14

2011            Art Walk Preview for January, Blogdowntown.com, 1/12

2010            Photograph of the artist and her work, Coastline Pilot, 7/2

2010            A Family Affair for First Time Exhibitor, by Daniella Walsh,

                              Laguna Beach Independent, 7/2

2010            Artist profile, Bluecanvas Magazine, Issue Three

2009            Bluecanvas.com featured online artist, November