Elizabeth Rouland O’Dell was born in Belleville, Illinois and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She has always enjoyed drawing and painting, and being creative has been a big part of her life. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, she earned her BA in art, graduating with honors in 1991. At UCSC, she concentrated on oil painting and drawing, and in her final semester, she was introduced to lithography and became hooked on printmaking. She was especially drawn to the tactile materials, the processes, and the flexibility with creating works on paper.
Since that time, Elizabeth has learned other printmaking techniques including intaglio etching using both zinc and polymer plates, drypoint, relief printing, and monotypes. She enjoys working with layers of texture and incorporating color elements with rice papers called ‘chine colle’.
In recent years, feeling the call of color and texture, Elizabeth has returned to oil painting. She has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Kevin Weckbach in Denver, and she is enjoying exploring new subjects in her artwork.
In her artwork, Elizabeth is captivated by the journey of the heart and the story of the discovery of one’s deepest essence. Beauty, gesture, the purest forms of movement, mysterious alternate realities, and capturing the dance in creation are all a part of the stories she strives to tell.
Elizabeth shows her oil paintings and limited edition prints in solo and group exhibitions around Colorado including Knoll Gallery, the Woodland Park Arts Alliance, the Evergreen Center for the Arts, the Art Students League of Denver, Redline Gallery, Bella Art, Noa Noa, and Open Press LTD. She has been an exhibitor at the ASLD Summer Art Market eight times, including 2016. She was honored to be a part of the Dandelion Seen Company’s Third Exhibition in Goshen, Indiana in 2005. She has twice been awarded First Prize in exhibitions at Knoll Gallery in Denver. In April, 2016, she was chosen as a Finalist among Emerging Artists in the online ArtMuse Contest.
Elizabeth resides in Loveland, Colorado with her husband and their blind kitty. She is the proud mom of a grown son who is a dancer and choreographer. When she is not making art, Elizabeth can be found running on the trails around Colorado, playing guitar and bass, or dancing like no one is watching.