Elizabeth M. Preston, M.A., is an award-winning artist and educator who paints and teaches art in the historic “Old Stone Cellar” at 226 W. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont, California.
Living in St. Louis in 1972, one day she saw Van Gogh’s Souvenir de Mauve in a museum exhibition and she immediately began studies of painting under a number of watercolorists in St. Louis, Northern Ohio and Chicago, including Clarence Perkins, Robert Tacketch, Dan Stone, Florian Laughton, Lowell Ellsworth Smith, Robin Wertz, and Nancy Fortunato.
Relocating to California in 1984, she pursued her fascination with color and light using a variety of media in a representational approach, and she continued with studies at various times under Mary Aslin, Gerald Brommer, Robert Burridge, Jean Carbonetti, Betty Hook, Fealing Lin, Barbara Nechis, Chris Van Winkle and Milford Zornes.
Travels in Europe, New Zealand, and the Australian outback in 2004–2005 pushed her beyond representational work into a new world of abstract expression, using sculpted gesso, found objects, and layers of acrylic color.
Elizabeth is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of her Claremont studio. She is represented in Montclair, CA by Gallery SOHO. She and her husband Robert, along with Destiny-the-plus-sized-cat, live at elevation 4200 feet in the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking Claremont and the Los Angeles basin.
“11 x 11” Square i Gallery, Claremont, CA – December,2015
Art in the Garden invitational Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, CA – June, 2015
Group Show, Gallery 570, Laguna Beach, CA – June, 2015
Pomona Valley Art Association Open Juried Show – April, 2015
Art Shopping at the Louvre, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris France – October, 2014
“Journey of Existence” 2014 Group Show,Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA – April-Aug 2014
“Don’t Sleep” Art Exhibition and Festival, Latino Art Museum, Pomona CA – July, 2014
Claremont Museum of Art, OpenART Studio Tour – June, 2014
“Relative Expressions”, 2 person exhibit, Claremont Forum, Claremont CA – May, 2014
Pomona Valley Art Association Open Juried Show – April, 2014
“Fresh Faces II” group exhibit, Art for Life Gallery, Claremont, CA – March, 2014
10th Annual Women in the Arts International, Latino Art Museum, Pomona , CA – March, 2014
“Something Red”, DA Gallery, Pomona, CA – February, 2014
Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art 1st Thursday Art Walk “Pop Up” Exhibition – January,2014
Latino Art Museum 12th Annual Women International Exhibition – March 2016
Pomona Valley Art Assoc. Gallery SOHO, Montclair, CA – 2015-2016
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Exhibitor, Claremont, CA – year round
Home phone : 909-985-5503
Cell phone 909-732-9545
Elizabeth’s Art Studio
226 W Foothill Blvd. Ste J, Claremont, Ca. 91711