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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: pastel landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA, IAPS/MC, is a traditional representational artist specializing in pastel landscapes.  Her paintings are defined by strong contrasts and color, dramatic lighting, and graphic compositions that often feature the interplay between man and the environment, with buildings, roads, and signs working their way into her imagery.

"All my life I have been an observer.  Light has been my muse and will stop me, literally in my tracks.  Don't drive behind me during the magic hour when the sun is setting!  I am enamored of the the interplay of man in the environment, sharp edges against the chaos and beauty of the natural form. My life's work is to record these observations. So much of what catches my eye and imagination is ordinary and overlooked. As artists our job is to capture these moments and, for whatever reason, when interpreted through the artists eye these moments become more visible."

After graduating in 1978 from Rochester Institute of Technology she worked as an industrial designer, museum exhibit designer, illustrator and architectural renderer.  She spent 11 years serving the high tech industry at Haywood + Sullivan, Inc. a graphic design business she ran with her husband, Michael.  In 1996 she left the design world for fine art and since then has worked as a professional artist, art educator, and arts advocate.

She is the Vice President of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) and is on the Board of the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA.  She has earned membership in the Academic Artists Association, the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and IAPS Master's Circle.  She also holds Signature Memberships in the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Pastel Painter's Society of Cape Cod.

Her paintings have won numerous national awards and have been juried into the the following national shows: Pastel Society of America, Academic Artists Association, Catherine Lorillard Wolf, and The Allied Artists of America.  She has been awarded the Diane Bernhard Gold Award of Excellence three times, most recently at the 127th Annual Members Show at the Salmagundi Club.  Her pastels have shown several times at the Butler Institute of American Art and are included in private and corporate collections nationwide.  She has been profiled in The Pastel Journal, American Artist Magazine, The Artist's Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and American Art Collector Magazines.  Her paintings are featured in the new 2011 North Light book, Painting Sunlight and Shadow with Pastel, by Maggie Price.

In 2009 she had a solo show of her pastels at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA and is scheduled for her next solo show with Vose Galleries for the fall of 2011.  She is a presenter at the International Association of Pastel Societies Biennial Conference in Albuquerque June 2011.  She sits as an artist member and IAPS representative on the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International Subcommittee D01.57 which develops standards for health labeling, performance, and quality of artist materials.

Her current schedule includes teaching workshops nationally and internationally along with judging and demonstrating for numerous pastel societies and art organizations.

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
After 20 years working in design Liz Haywood-Sullivan of Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts, now paints scenes of her own choice.  A pastelist, she enjoys depicting scenes around her home in New England as well as scenes of the Southwest.  Many of her paintings are done on black paper, and layering colors with alcohal washes, she creates glowing areas of white.  Her use of black paper is her way of achieving very dark areas even though she has been unable to find pastels as dark as she desired.  She loves to use a variety of densities in pastel and a wide range of colors.

Haywood-Sullivan grew up in a household with an artist father.  She took a degree in environmental design at Rochester Institute of Technology and worked for many years in that area, which involved design, photography and illustration.  However, she grew a bit dissatisfied working just for other people.  She determined to focus on her own creativity after taking a summer pastel workshop with Jane Schoenfeld in Taos, New Mexico at the Institute of Arts.  She also studied with Albert Handell and Anita Louise West, and from that time has focused on pastel painting.

In 2002, Liz Haywood-Sullivan won the Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award for Excellence at the Third Annual Pastel 100 Competition.  She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society.  She is a recent participant in the invitation-only exhibition of the Allied Artists of America.

Christopher Willard, "Dynamic Darks With Pastel", American Artist, May 2007, pp. 54-61

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