Elizabeth Baez – Puerto Rican Artist
Puerto Rico its sites and the culture are my greatest influence. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, the great city of many tall grey buildings that cast cool shades and shadows. When I was 12 years old, we moved to Puerto Rico. This was a total contrast! It was like someone turned on the light switch of the sun. Sun and light everywhere, I saw what seemed to be 100 different kinds of greens; as in the inspired paintingPalmas del Rio.
Bold rich colors everywhere! Even the soil has a variety of colors blackest black, blue black, tan, brown and bold red. As seen in the bold colors inspired in the painting, Oye Mi Canto, Gallo.
I find Puerto Rico fascinating. I love the colors, the light, and the textures of the fort walls of El Morro, in Old San Juan to the rocky cliffs at the lighthouse of Cabo Rojo.
As painted in (Below left to right): Rayos de Luz Sobre Garita, Olas de Escambron, Cabo Rojo.
Palmas del Rio
I am in awe standing at the shore of any beach. I mean really, I could not pick just one as all of the beaches are beautiful. I just love overlooking the waves of the beach. The site of the beach is truly calming, refreshing, and renewing. Add to that view those breaking waves over the rocks at sunrise or sunset, beautiful; makes you want to call out, God this IS good.; You say, Ok Elizabeth if you love it so much, why don’t you get a house there? Yes I will. Someday, when I have saved enough pennies, I will get there. If anyone would care to donate their house on the coast (any coast will do) to a deserving artist, call me. Meanwhile, I will just have to paint my way up and around Puerto Rico site seeing as I go. There are 78 municipals in Puerto Rico. I think I have been able to visit maybe a handful of cities. This is sad right? I know. Hopefully I will be able to correct that within my lifetime.
When people see my paintings, there are a few reactions. One reaction is, ‘Hey I have been there. I used to climb, and play there as a child.’ This for me is an awesome compliment, being told that my paint and canvas can bring back such special memories from 10- 20 years ago. The reaction that is most inspiring is when someone will see their mother, father or cherished family member in my painting. You can see the love for that person in their facial expressions. Just like that, from that moment, we have a sentimental connection. To have a person you have never met before, be so moved to tears because of a painting I have created is a blessing from God. To witness that reaction is powerful and inspiring. It confirms that my love for painting Puerto Rico and our culture have not been futile. Those are the moments that get me through the wind, the rain, and struggles of being an artist. Working full time as an artist is a feast or famine lifestyle. I am thankful that God has blessed me with a patient, loving supportive family and unconditional love of art.
So thank you my dear fellow art lovers for your support.
Now go show off that Puerto Rican corner in your home /office with pride!
Elizabeth Erazo Baez
Elizabeth Baez Puerto Rican Artist
I wasn’t born in Puerto Rico; Puerto Rico was born in me. Capturing the essence of the Puerto Rican Culture is my artistic mission. It is my calling from God to paint. I would like everyone who experiences my paintings to feel the richness and diversity of our culture, which is a mixture of African, Spanish and Taino Indian tradition. There are so many beautiful moments in a landscape and breezes in a seascape to lose yourself in, to be proud of, and to be thankful for. I want to honor the Puerto Rican culture by capturing these moments onto canvas. The paintings, tell visual stories of our music, our people, and traditions depicted with colorful deliberate simplicity.
Posted by boricua01
on Feb 17 2011. Filed under Florida
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