Self-Taught Artist Finds Acceptance Through Serendipitous Events
Oct 28, 2016 05:47PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
Featured Artist – Lizzy Falcon
By Nikki Dunbar
When I met Lizzy Falcon for our interview, I felt like I was meeting an old friend for a chat. I was surprised to find that the creator of the beautiful girls who seem so sad was so bubbly and free-spirited. After talking with Lizzy, I have a different outlook on the girls in her paintings. She says that just because her girls are sad, doesn’t mean she’s a sad person. Her art is partially the product of working through her own emotions. She paints from her heart and for herself, and I found respect for her in that. Lizzy is a self-taught artist who finds inspiration in her everyday life: song lyrics, conversations, life situations; she says the creative spark can be found anywhere.
Lizzy was born in California, but grew up in Florida. As a child, her room was decorated with art featuring children with big, sad eyes. Lizzy recalled asking her father almost every night why the children were so sad. He didn’t have much information about the art or the artist, which left Lizzy curious and intrigued. And inspired. She always remembered those pieces of art, and in high school began drawing girls with one eye, which soon became her signature.
As a young girl, Lizzy had a dream. She wanted to be an animator for Disney. She decided that she was going to take her portfolio and pitch it to Disney and try to get a job with them. Then, in 1992, Hurricane Andrew hit and her entire portfolio was destroyed. Lizzy wanted to rebuild her portfolio, but it wasn’t to be. She began working for the state of Florida, built a good career, and didn’t pursue her aspiration of working for Disney. After working for the state of Florida for 20 years, she retired and in 2011 started drawing again. In 2012, Lizzy began painting, and in 2013 she sold her first piece of art.
After gaining some recognition and publicity, Lizzy received an email from someone who saw her art, and told her that it reminded them of the work of an artist from the 60s who painted big-eyed children. After corresponding with the author of the email and doing some research, she found out that the name of the artist was Margaret Keane.
A well-known artist later invited Lizzy to an art show where her art was displayed. In a serendipitous turn of events, the art show was a tribute to Margaret Keane. Lizzy’s art was displayed in the same show as the art of her childhood inspiration, and she felt acceptance as an artist for the first time at that show.
Lizzy told me that, to her, creating the art is much more important than selling the art. She paints to make herself happy, and says she is fortunate that she is able to sell it. She wants her art to make people feel something or to ask questions, just as Margaret Keane’s art did for her.
Lizzy said that she doesn’t regret not having the opportunity to rebuild her portfolio and pursue a career as a Disney artist. She is getting to do something she loves, and give people something that enriches their lives. People contact her to tell her that her art has inspired them or helped them through a rough time in their lives, and Lizzy feels that each person who contacts her gives her a stamp of approval to stay true to herself.
Lizzy has had the honor to show alongside some very talented artists from all around the world. In addition, buyers from all corners of the world have purchased Lizzy's paintings and sculptures.
Lizzy has recently designed a wine label for Noble Wine Cellar in Clayton for their holiday wine, which will be unveiled at their release party on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. She has art displayed at the Rabun County Library and Mountain Feathers Gallery in Clayton, and Objects & Images Fine Art Gallery in Bronxville, NY.