If you stare long enough at Elizabeth’s paintings, they seem to pop off the canvas. She develops her style by pulling from the styles of accomplished painters that intrigue and inspire her. She accredits her teaching watercolor classes as a source of inspiration that have accelerated her travels down the art path. She is committed to mastering painting.

Q:  When did you first realize you are an artist?

A:  At a dinner party, while  talking to friends, I was snacking on edamame, neatly arranging them to look like a spiral. I did not think anything of it until a friend saw them and wanted to know who was “so creative”. I got it then that I was an artist. I have been working my craft for over two decades, but I thought of myself as a student of art, no
t an artist. When I saw that I was unconsciously arranging objects to make them beautiful, I realized my mind was thinking like an artist."


Q: How did you get into painting?

A:  I began painting when I was a kid. My teacher saw that I had a knack for art and got me into an art program for the gifted and talented. I was lucky; for 2 years I learned about art and humanities, painted and sculpted, until the program got cut. I am grateful that I had the outlet when I was growing up. Painting is a kind of therapy; it helped me get through some painful experiences."

Q:   What inspires you to paint and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

A:  Teaching. I love teaching watercolor to adults. It keeps my skills sharp. Each class is unique, so I do research and prep. I learn different artists’ techniques so I can teach them. Where I live inspires me. The color of the light is beautiful.

Q:  What artists have influenced you, and how?

A:  Life is full of influences. I am grateful for my teachers Ms. Morgan, and Hilda, and my professors Robert Bechtle, Mark Johnson, and Paul Pratchenko. Historically, I like the painters Caravaggio, da Vinci, Artemisia Gentileschi... Van Gogh for his spirituality in painting, Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and Sister Wendy. Music is also a big influence from  Ella Fitzgerald to Jimi Hendrix.  I love West African music.To paint with the music playing is an amazing experience.

Q:   What other interests do you have outside of painting?

A:  “I love to dance, hike, bike, eat cake, and drink beer on the front porch with my husband after a day at work. I love to do community projects, like AOTL and Secret Santa Shoe Boxes.

Q: What are you planning on doing next?

A: I am developing a new style of painting for me. I am taking two years off from shows to explore and define this style. I am painting the figure again, which I love.

To Contact Elizabeth Flanagan, please go to her website www.fairiecool.com or email her at elizabeth@fairiecool.com.


Fairiecool Studio, 67 Ross Avenue #1, San Anselmo, CA 94960



Elizabeth Flanagan’s Art Resume

2016                   Art On the Lawn Aug 20
2016                    Fairfax Open Studios
2016                    San Anselmo Town Hall
2015                    5th Annual Art on the Lawn Show
2015                    First Solo Show at the O’Hanlon Center for The Arts
2014                    Art On the Lawn August 21st Show
2014                    O’Hanlon Center Teacher Show, First Tuesday in Mill Valley
2013		    Art On the Lawn Sept 28th Show
2013		    Art On the Lawn July 27th Show
2013	                 Willy Wonka Show, San Anselmo Play House
2013		    O’Hanlon Center Teacher Show, First Tuesday in Mill Valley
2013-2008 	    etsy.com
2013-2006   	    Weadartists.org, Women Environmental Artists Directory
2012		    Art On the Lawn July 22th Show
2012		    Rumpelstiltskin Show, San Anselmo Play House
2011		    Sustainable Winter Fair, Fairfax Pavilion
2011		    What’s the Big Idea Show, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts
2011		    Social Networks & Alternatives Realities, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts 
2010		    Open Space, Fairfax Pavilion
2010		    Black, White and Red, Marin Society of Artists
2009 		    trupat.org
2009		    Food For Thought Show, Marin Society of Artists
2009		    Marin Society of Artists Spring Rental Show
2009-2008 	    artdirectsonoma.com
2008-2005	    Arroyo & Coates Corporate Offices, San Francisco 
2006   	    Open Secret Art Show, 
2005		    San Francisco Open Studios
2005   	    Art Span Open Studio Group Show
2005		    Student Art Show, SFSU, San Francisco, CA, 1998
1990		    Student Art Show, McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC, 1990

Community Projects

present-2012     Art On the Lawn
2015-2013          San Anselmo Memorial Skate Park
2015-2009         Set Design and Painting for Yes, San Anselmo Play House
2010                    Homework Room, San Anselmo Community Center
2009		    Wade Thomas Ball Wall
2008		    Winter Holiday Tree Installation
1999-1995 	    Spiral Dance Installations

Art Class Instructor

June 2016	    Watercolor Workshop, Falkirk
present-2009    Watercolor Workshop, Marin Community Education
present-2009    Watercolor Workshop, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts 	
2013-2012	    Expressionism, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts 	
2013-2011	    Painting with Acrylics, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts 	
2013-2012	    Acrylic Workshop, Marin Community Education
2013-2009	    Watercolor Workshop, Marin Community Education


2016	               Cover of Marin Community Education Winter Catalog
2015	               Cover of Marin Community Education Summer Catalog
2014	               Cover of Marin Community Education Summer Catalog
2013	               Cover of Marin Community Education Spring Catalog
2012                  Cover of Marin Community Education Summer Catalog
2002-1995        Illustrations for the Reclaiming Quarterly 
1997	               What Use Is A Sketch Book? 


2000                 BA San Francisco State University
1996-1998        Classes with Robert Bechtle and Paul Pratchenko