Elizabeth Casqueiro's work is rooted in the tragicomedy theatricality of life. She is inspired by stories, news events,
and vignettes that capture with humor the absurdities and paradoxes of being human.
See believes seeing life from this less serious vantage point provides perspective and a lightness of being that is both humbling and empowering.
By abstracting the original intent, often beyond recognition, the painting takes on a life of its own, offering up new narratives and points of view that take both the painter and the viewer on a journey of the imagination and of self discovery.
Elizabeth credits her direction to three factors: an early exposure, in her native Portugal,
to comic books and romantic photo-novels which portrayed a world on steroids - heavy on emotion, irony, and humor and yet rooted in real life issues; to the dry sense of humor of her British mother;
and to her irreverent and politically incorrect Portuguese father.
An architect by training, Elizabeth approaches her pieces as individual design projects, taking care to ensure that each line, shape and mark contributes to the overall balance, composition and intent, and that the work hangs together successfully when viewed from every angle and perspective.