Ashland Gallery Guide 51
They took it down to studs and remade
the 1920s cottage with 20th century
improvements and loving care.
Elizabeth has always been involved
with art. Her first art lessons, aside
from elementary school, were in casein
paint, from a Catholic nun. After art in
high school she went to Boise State
for art and music, but a year later left
to go to work as an office secretary.
That company transferred her to
Atlanta, Georgia, where she went
back to school, studying commercial
photography in a good program.
Another move, to San Francisco, got
her working with large format cameras
and printing 4x5 negatives for a portrait
When she became a mom they moved
to Ashland. True to the Ashland
lifestyle, she had a lot of jobs, including
photographing artist’s work, more
secretarial work, and producing
Ashland Hospital’s publications.
Seven years later was the period when
digital cameras began replacing film.
But what changed her life even more
radically was discovering the Crater
Rock Museum in Medford, when rock
tumbled into her life. She took a silver
workshop there, and also had a teacher
in Grants Pass. She became enchanted
with rock and stones, and little
wonder; her father and grandfather
had been too. All of this takes
traveling—to find the stones,
and to sell the jewelry.
The world’s largest rock and
mineral show is in Tucson,
Arizona. With three weeks in
January and February and 40
shows of jewelry, specimens
and rarities, the enchanted
can become addicted. “We’re
all obsessed,” Elizabeth
states. She purchased her
weighty beauties and shipped
them ahead. Arriving from
her flight home, she saw her
package and couldn’t wait to
open it, as excited as a little
girl on Christmas morning.
Despite her best efforts, her
sons didn’t take to art or rocks.
One is an engineer who guides
maintenance on nuclear submarines.
The other is a helicopter pilot.
Elizabeth went on the road with her
jewelry, selling at art shows. She was
doing ten shows each year at her peak,
including Best of the Northwest and
the upscale Salem Art Center. She still
does the Corvallis Fall Festival,
She has explored other mediums,
studying oil painting with Cliff Wilton
for three years, finding principles of
abstraction and composition useful in
jewelry design. She tried ceramics,
and would immerse herself in woodcraft
if she had another lifetime for it.
She started selling her jewelry at Ashland
Artisan Gallery, before it morphed into
Ashland Art Center. Now she shows as a
member at Ashland Art Works, and works
on their promotional materials. She loves
the artists working in the Studio at Living
Opportunities, where she volunteered for
six years. She is a board member of Roxy
Ann Gem and Mineral Society.
Her newest passion is mixed media and
paper collage, composing muted colors and
textures borrowed from those rolled into
silver, in abstract layouts. She continues
in digital photography following useful
innovations, showing how she applies tiny
lenses to her cellphone camera and the
result. Marvelous prints of tiny mushrooms
are made large.
With inspirations great and small, she
will make jewelry forever and continue the
search for new audiences.
See Elizabeth’s artist listing on page 31.
But what changed her
life even more radically was
discovering the Crater