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Meet Elizabeth Umanzor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Umanzor.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was always a “doodler” through elementary school and middle school. I took my first art class in high school in my junior year because it was required to graduate, I realized I thoroughly enjoyed art and so with the push of my teacher I took AP Art my senior year. That class pushes my artistic boundaries and helped me discover I had a thing for art, and I progressed in my drawing skills. I started painting consistently and seriously in 2015, I was determined to be able to paint portraits using oils. Ever since I’ve been painting, and I’m still learning to this day.

Please tell us about your art.
My favorite type of art to make are portraits using mixed media such as collaging different types of paper on the canvas and using various mediums such as acrylics and watercolors before beginning the oil painting portrait on top. I thoroughly enjoy the process of making the background, it’s quite freeing compared to how challenging it is when I paint the portraits/subjects on top. At the moment I have a series of women wearing hijabs, I want to create a series of all types of different people. I feel that representation is extremely important and my mission is to paint as many different types of people as possible of all different religions, ethnicities, etc.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
I think it’s always good to have a back-up plan as an artist, I am currently studying for a bachelors in art education; however, I want to be a full-time artist eventually. I think the trick to being an artist is simply by allocating your time efficiently and scheduling your week so you can have a few days after work to make art at least 3-4 times a week. It’s all about prioritizing.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My Instagram username is @elizabethumanzor_art that is where I usually post my latest works, there’s a link in the bio where I have some prints up. The best way to get in touch with me is by emailing me:

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Image Credit:
I took all these pictures of my paintings.

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