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Help 2 Succeed Interviews EC Sullivan: Painting Aliveness and Living by the Brush

Help 2 Succeed interviews EC Sullivan on Feb 28th 2019 at 7pm EST.  Join us here >> EC Sullivan ~ Painting Aliveness and Living by the Brush

I have been a professional artist for 20 years (which means I live by my brush). But I have always been an artist. I was the kid who did the posters, banners, whatever was needed for school functions.

I love to paint aliveness – the graceful and powerful motion of running horses, the stealth of a cat, the curious pecking of chickens trying to decide if that speck on the ground is edible.

I often paint in watercolors, because I enjoy the natural flowyness of that medium. Water flows. Watercolors should flow. The paint contributes to the motion in the painting. I also paint on fabric with dyes to get the same kind of motion.

I get inspiration from many things around me, but the styles of art that have most influenced me are primitive cave and rock paintings (not so primitive from my viewpoint) and a style of oriental painting executed quickly, expressing the subject with a few lines. I tried many things to get my paper to look like the walls of a cave, but after I achieved it, I got carried away with color.

I paint, I have a gallery, I sell my artwork. I play music in 2 bands and have a music show with one of my brothers who lives in Austin. I teach art. I teach art, music and science to autistic kids (volunteer). I love beaches, but I love Texas more because my grandsons are here. That’s my life – art, music and family.

Elizabeth Sullivan has been drawing and painting since childhood. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up around horses, and worked on an Arabian horse ranch in Texas. Horses are a main subject of Elizabeth’s art and have always been a part of her life.

Nature’s Garden– a mural at the Recreation Center in Smithville, Texas.
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