About the Artist
Elaine Liberio, artist
Elaine grew up on a farm in the small community of Phelps, NY in the heart of the Finger Lakes, which she still thinks is the most beautiful place on this earth and a wonderful place to grow up. She began drawing as soon as she was able to hold a pencil and would doodle and draw anywhere, sometimes places she shouldn’t have. Her favorite subject was horses. You would find scraps of paper all over the house with horses drawn on them. She even used the board from the bottom of a broken dresser drawer to draw a cowboy riding a horse in crayon when she was about 7 years old.
Elaine was greatly influenced by her uncle, Edward Lennon, an excellent oil painter in the Rochester area and as a young girl she would sit and watch him paint at his easel for hours at a time. It was her uncle Eddie who gave Elaine her first set of oil paints at the age of 13. Oil would be her favorite medium from that point on. When she told her high school guidance counselor that she wanted to major in art and go to art school, her counselor quickly insisted that she take business courses to fall back on just in case being an artist didn’t pan out. Elaine aced her art courses and flunked typing. She attended CCFL, graduating with highest honors in Studio Art and then attended Empire State College to study painting and printmaking through the unique mentoring program it offered with noted New York artists, Tom Insalaco and Wayne Williams, developing her own curriculum with their guidance.
In 1987, she and her family moved to Maine where she painted and created art in earnest and in 1996 she began Art Designs, a fine art and design studio. She participated in many local art shows and competitions where she won awards and sold her paintings. She also taught classes and workshops in oil, watercolor and pyrography as well as completing commissions of people and pets and home portraits.
In 2006, Elaine and Al moved back to the Finger Lakes area and she re-named her business, Liberio Art. She reconnected with Wayne Williams and joined the Wayne County Council for the Arts where she was a board member and managed the “Gallery Gift Shop” for the Council, taught classes and workshops and helped with many fundraisers. She is also a member and past president of the Western Wayne Arts Group, is a member of the Ontario County Arts Council, and is a founding member and treasurer of Pop-Up Artists of the Finger Lakes. She offers workshops, classes, paint alongs and demonstrations in oil painting, watercolor, drawing and pyrography, with an emphasis on education of the participant. One of her most fun workshops is “Oil Painting with Rags. No Brushes Allowed”. She has also developed a love for Plein Air painting and participates in Plein Air Painting Festivals in the Northeast and Canada. “Painting is exhilarating, especially Plein Air! What better way to communicate God’s creation in all its glory and wonder than to be out in the world He created, painting it.” She loves taking groups out to experience Plein Air Painting for themselves. Elaine teamed up with two other artists in 2012, Tina Yannotti Burgess and Jan Romeiser, to form “artiststhree”. They paint and show their work together around the Finger Lakes.
Elaine’s philosophy of art is simple. Instill passion for the creative arts in the hearts of others and give them the instruction to make art while God’s inspiration fills her until it overflows as she creates and teaches. She chooses people, animals and nature as her subjects and hopes her art draws the viewer in and brings them a sense of peace, joy and awe.
To inquire about workshops, commissions or to tour her studio, contact Elaine at 315-945-2374 or email her at LiberioArt@rochester.rr.com
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