Q + A: Liz Muir


What is your studio like?

Crowded, messy and surrounded by gardens, with good natural light, tons of paint, canvases, brushes, tools, couches for relaxing and contemplating unfinished work on many easels.

Do you prefer to work with music or in silence?

Music when relaxing and silence when concentrating. Being extremely sensitive to light and sounds is definitely part of my ability to create and communicate through art.

“The creaminess of oil paint allows me to smear colours together when mixing.” –  Liz Muir

What materials do you use?

Oil on canvas. I love the archival qualities of these materials. The creaminess of oil paint allows me to smear colours togeth- er when mixing. This technique allows me to show one colour becoming another as I push across the surface, to immerse the viewer in my emotional journey.

What is your process?

On seeing something that I particularly like, I do a watercolour for colour planning and composition as a first step. Then, during the painting process, I continually photograph my work, using the camera as a third eye.

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