The Illustrator: Elizabeth Mayville

Elizabeth is an American artist whose work reflects an interest in the idea of "home," and all the seemingly small bits of life that bring us comfort and a sense of stability. 

She took some time out, from painting, to answer 10 Questions for Folk & Tales.

Top knot by Elizabeth Mayville

Top knot by Elizabeth Mayville

I lust over Elizabeth's expressive art for its ability to instill a sense of calm.  Her portraits, often of family,  use colour blocking and light in a way that is both bold and soothing.  

Margaret by Elizabeth Mayville

Margaret by Elizabeth Mayville

Mother's Day by Elizabeth Mayville

Mother's Day by Elizabeth Mayville

Mother's Day by Elizabeth Mayville

Mother's Day by Elizabeth Mayville

In terms of mediums, Elizabeth favours gouache and oil paint to add texture and intrigue to her subjects. This choice, coupled with her considered colour palette, renders her work beautiful and engaging.  I really love how she uses light pink in her landscapes; it's a refreshing and unusual choice which works for me!

Soccer Match by Elizabeth Mayville

Soccer Match by Elizabeth Mayville

Find Elizabeth and her work on her blog, in her Etsy shop and at elizabethmayville.com.

All images belong to Elizabeth Mayville.