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Meet Trailblazer Liz Pope

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Pope.

Liz, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up, I always wanted art to be a big part of my life. During college, I spent eight years learning different techniques & had the opportunity to spend some time abroad.

During that time, I learned to appreciate the rich diversity of artists around the world. Every culture has a unique way of sharing stories & weaving meaning into their work—equally beautiful.

I would spend the next few years working alongside under-represented artists from Ecuador & the Middle East, promoting their artwork throughout Atlanta. Over time, it was the act of helping others find their voice that led me to my own.

These past few years, I’ve been learning what it means to be a “professional” artist. In different seasons, that’s looked very different for me. From creating commission pieces full-time from home to now balancing a full-time job, a young family & art all at the same time.

I’m learning that my success as an artist doesn’t depend on what my life looks like at any given time. It’s about who I believe myself to be and the purpose I bring to my work.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the hardest parts of being an artist, of being human, is figuring out “who we are.” The world around us seems absolutely determined to make those decisions for us—who we should be, what we should do, and what makes us “successful.”

The best advice I can offer, to myself & anyone else trying to get their feet under them, is to embrace your unique journey. Just like creating a new piece of art, remember that you are the artist. You establish the boundaries of potential. You define beauty and success. With each brush stroke, you forge your own path.

Whether you’re working two jobs & can only spend a few minutes each week on your artwork or your painting full-time—you are an artist, all the same. Claim that identity, and it’s yours.

We’d love to hear more about Liz Pope Designs.
I’ve done a little bit of everything over the years, but recently I’ve been focusing on macrame and watercolor paintings.

I do a lot of custom orders—everything from portraits of pets or children, to painting a couple’s first home. I love knowing that my pieces are going to someone that will cherish them, just as much as I do. I invest all of my energy into creating pieces that honor the feelings & memories associated with the objects that I’m painting.

I’m drawn towards watercolor because it forces me to give up a bit of “control” as an artist. No matter what, the colors naturally flow into one another, finding their own path as the water seeps into the page.

With macrame, it’s a different kind of charm. With a little bit of time, a simple piece of rope can be turned into something breath-taking—a unique tapestry, plant hanger, or table runner. No matter what I’m making, it’s rewarding to create beauty out of something so delicate & simple.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
One obstacle to female leadership in today’s society is learning to trust the validity of your own voice. One of the reasons I’m drawn towards art is the freedom it can bring through open, honest expression. My emotions, my interpretations of beauty, my ideas–they’re all valid here.

Outside of art, so often we’re told, directly or indirectly, to reign in our voice. To only speak at certain times or in certain ways. As women, and as artists, it’s crucial that we recognize the value of our unique voice. When we become confident in who we are, we empower other women to do the same.

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Image Credit:
Jocelyn Keefe

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1 Comment

  1. Patricia Steele

    December 5, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Love Liz Pope’s work and love Liz. She is an incredible artist.

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