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  • “Butterfly Drawing”Butterfly Drawing

    This drawing started as a photo I took of a small butterfly specimen I own. It's only 2 1/2 inches x 2 inches in size and the original butterfly body is partially deteriorated. I used Procreate and my iPad Pro to drawi in layers on the photo. I enjoy the combination because it still retains some of the textures of the photo with the drawing.

  • “Wrapped”Wrapped

    Combining one of my etchings with a drawing that I tore into strips. I also enjoy working in mixed media and collage, always experimenting and playing with my portraits.

  • “Magnolia Blossom”Magnolia Blossom

    Another from my Flowers in Ice series. I like the movement created by the cracks in the ice. Some flowers brown quickly from the freezing process, the magnolia is one of those flowers. I try to work with flowers so they retain their freshness, but in this photo I felt the browns complimented the purple of the blossoms.

  • “Baby Giraffe”Baby Giraffe

    In this photograph I used Photoshop with two plug-ins by Topaz Labs. I used their Restyle software to change the colors in the background to help the patterns recede and to add more interest. Then I used their Impression software to give a more painterly look to the final artwork.

  • “Flamingo Drawing”Flamingo Drawing

    This is one of the first images I've done combining one of my photos with drawing. I want to continue experimenting with digital media as I build my portfolio. In this piece I used Photoshop with a hand-drawn action and Topaz Labs software to give the photo a more painterly look. then I finished with drawing directly on the image using Procreate on my iPad Pro.

  • “Crabapple Blossoms”Crabapple Blossoms

    Another area I enjoy experimenting with is flowers frozen in ice. You can never predict how the freezing process will create bubbles and cracks around the flowers. I love this unpredictable nature of the process. Then I remove the frozen flowers from their mold and photograph them using backlighting or adding color to compliment the flowers.

  • “Jaguar Turning”Jaguar Turning

    I am starting to experiment more with Photoshop and other digital tools. In this photograph I added the stripes after being inspired by a etching I saw of a pacing jaguar; the stripes represent the bars found on old zoo cages. I experimented with different blending modes in Photoshop to give each stripe its own unique look. I'm so glad our current zoos work hard at enrichment and natural environments for their animals.

  • “Baby Giraffe Framed”Baby Giraffe Framed

    Baby giraffe framed by an adult giraffe passing by. Photograph taken at the Milwaukee zoo.

Elizabeth Bruders

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I attended MIAD shortly after joining adulthood, studying fine art drawing and etching. I personally didn't like photography much back in those film days of darkroom processing. In the intervening years, I raised seven children and managed a home. In 2008, I received my first digital camera and discovered the world of Photoshop and the digital darkroom. I learned the techniques of photography again while working at a local camera store. Now that my children are grown, I want to focus again on experimenting and creating art.

artist statement

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up."
-Pablo Picasso

Each artist has a different reason for creating. I want to remind people of the beauty and wonder found in our world. I strive to bring a playfulness to my work, reminiscent of playing with art experienced during childhood. I love experimenting... with mixed media; combining photography and drawing; using both traditional and digital tools to create my artwork. My experimental portraits include people, animals, and still life, but I am open to exploring other ideas. I strive to remain an artist as I grow up!