Liz Hampton-Derivan is an artist originally from Atlanta, Georgia, now living in Morro Bay, California. She has been a photographer for 35+ years. In 2009, she began working more with mixed media, experimenting with photography, computer manipulated imagery, encaustic (hot wax medium), and sometimes, her own handmade paper. She enjoys contemporary photo-technology combined with “getting dirty” in her mixed media studio. Her work is mostly a spontaneous, quite intuitive event, often with unexpected, delightful results. It reflects her passion for travel, exploring new landscapes and seascapes, and observing and meeting new people in diverse locales. She encompasses the spiritual/ethereal beauty of life in her art.
Liz received a [link removed] degree in Art History from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA in 1976. She spent a summer studying art in Italy while at Tulane. She later studied photography at Portfolio Center, Atlanta, GA. As she expanded her repertoire and forms of artistic expression, she studied photo-encaustic at Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, and later she studied the art of encaustic painting, with various artists, including internationally known artist, author, and educator, Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch. Her work has been exhibited internationally in one-person and group shows in galleries, museums and public buildings/spaces. In the 1990s she was represented by Graphistock, a New York stock photography agency then owned by Graphis, an international publisher of books on communication design. Her work is housed in a number of prestigious public and private collections.
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These art pieces are a combination of photography, digital alterations, encaustic wax, enhanced with oil sticks, pastels, scrapes and incisions, and tar. They were all created in [phone removed]. They are printed on calligraphy paper and mounted on panel.