In September of 2017, I took a trip to Cuba and there fell in love with my companion and the country. I wanted to capture and preserve that love in an image. And so, my heart was beaming with joy when I began working on this piece. Little did I know at the time that this would be the last I’d ever work on with my dear friend and art assistant Juan Salazar. I can’t help but wonder if somehow its subject matter. And its geography foreshadowed were the tragic car accident that would come and take Juan’s life. The painting was 80% complete when he passed and I found myself completely incapable of finishing this work on my own.
Pedro, his childhood friend and the only other person in the car accident stepped in and helped me. Together we found its completion to be possible, and perhaps, what Juan would have hoped for. I can’t quite put into words all that lives in this painting – the memories, the people, a whole history of smiles, laughter, joy and tears – but I in that respect it represents all that life is, the bright and the subdued, the beaming and the blackened in some form of cohesive coexistence in which we can find, and create, form and shape. Art print edition size is 40.
About Elizabeth Sutton
Many works of art betray the hand of the artist. Elizabeth Sutton’s work, however, tells of the mind of the artist. Her compositional signature is a strong undercurrent of mathematical proportion and algorithmic color placement. Nothing is accidental; everything is intuitive. For Sutton, process is paramount and it begins with a survey of surface and dimension. Working through each concept as if solving a puzzle, she strives for balance, never leaving unexamined the precise nuances of her creative subject.
With a strong background in mathematics and business, Sutton’s exacting process aims for a perfection that yet unfolds organically, creating pieces that are simultaneously unique and consistent in their compositional equilibrium. The work itself exhibits her skillful precision, eye for balance and decorous flow alongside her clients’ personal predilections and tastes. That’s why each piece speaks to the personalities of both its creator and customer. And with a nod to pop and a dash of kitsch, Sutton creates compositions that are focused on enlivening spaces and uplifting spirits. Sutton believes that her compositions find engaging the viewer with organizational complexity while simultaneously entertaining with whimsy.