The wonderful artist Lily Corcoran at Petal to Petal interviewed me a few years ago:
Artist Feature: The Wonderful work of Liz Innvar
I came across Liz's beautiful paintings on Etsy recommends, and this time they were right on track! I love floral paintings and Liz uses such great colour combinations in her work. I love her unique style and how she plays with and distorts perspective to create surreal elements. Liz's work is abstract yet detailed and interesting and your eye can't help but wander around the depiction, being drawn to a small cluster of flowers or following a proud long stem that boasts a giant flower in bloom. It is clear that Liz enjoys her work as this detail evokes such a feeling of fun. Her knowledge of the natural world is evident in her detailed floral vases where many different species of plants sit together in an unlikely and unexpected harmony.
1. How did your business come about (and when did you start)?
I started my Etsy shop named “tardiflorus” in 2010. The online home decorating company One Kings Lane found my work there and invited me to sell through them. That exposure was great and things started growing slowly from that point.
2. Can you give a quick insight into your working method? (ideas, techniques, etc.)
It is important in my development as an artist to change my methods. It is not good to be too comfortable. Currently I work with gouache on paper. I would love to work on a larger scale some day.
3. What has been the hardest single obstacle to your life in design (apart from a shortage of time, which seems to be universal amongst creatives!)?
In my experience painting is a long game played out over years. I made numerous bad paintings before I made any good ones. It can be hard to tell the difference sometimes.
4. How do you stay motivated? What inspires you?
Taking long walks either near our house in upstate New York or on the streets of Brooklyn. Ideas come to me when I’m walking.
5. What has been the icing on the cake for you as a artist/designer?
When Crate And Barrel contacted me. They’ve sold reproductions of my work for three seasons now- I have one piece in their fall 2015 collection. It’s nice to have this kind of credibility.
6. Who do you admire (other artists/designers; other people generally) and what/who are your biggest influences, past or present?
People: hands down my favorite artist is Georges Braque. The man and the artist- both remarkable, I’m rereading for the third time his biography written by Alex Danchev, which I highly recommend. Aside from Braque, I also like Morandi, Paul Klee, Bonnard and the late work of Cezanne and Monet. Influences: Scandanavian textiles and pottery, Japanese brush painting and the plants I grow in my garden or the wild plants that surround our property.
7. Describe your creative space
2 large wooden tables, two large flatfiles for storage, an ironing board that I drag out if I need to work very close to the painting, and lots of floor space.
8. What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Look for the extraordinary in the ordinary (A wonderful idea to live by too.)