LIZ RANNEY is a contemporary painter, digital media artist, illustrator, and instructor. She infuses her artwork with bright and bold color and explores ideas of connection, interaction, expression, timelines, and division. She graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2012 from UBC Okanagan, and works primarily as a portrait artist, combining mixed media with traditional techniques and contemporary imagery. Ranney currently instructs art classes and workshops at the Kelowna Art Gallery, and has taught at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, CMHA, and heARTschool Kelowna. Some of Liz Ranney’s most recent projects include a solo painting exhibition in Toronto, ON. (Jane Roos Gallery), large scale murals in the Okanagan in collaboration with her husband Dylan Ranney (Ranney Creative), and artworks commissioned for local companies, writers, and musicians.
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My work explores new ways to represent expression and energy in both portraiture and abstraction. My current process is the layering of images digitally to use as source material for my paintings. My work is focused on themes of connection, interaction, expression, timelines, and division. I also focus on the subtlety of paint bodies in my work: the viscosity and differences in surface textures and sheens, and the layering of bright and bold color to accentuate depth and richness. I often experiment with mixed media in my paintings, combining drawing materials with my paint to balance the two contrasting mediums of wet and dry. I explore unusual color combinations in my portraiture; ones that you would not normally find in natural skin tones. I am interested in developing my brush techniques to balance opposing ways of mark making, creating areas of high detail and line work in contrast with areas of calm. I am pursuing a new process to fully express my style, and a language that will accurately portray the way I see imagery in my mind. I use acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, drawing materials, paper, and fabric.