Original painting "Mynydd Crwn Bach" by Elizabeth Haines.
Elizabeth has lived and worked in Pembrokeshire for over 40 years. She originally trained as an illustrator, but has gradually evolved a much more flexible and imaginative approach to her work which is poised between topography and abstraction. She exhibits widely in Wales and welcomes visitors at her studio.
“Many of my paintings are based on the Preselis, where I’ve lived for 45 years. Some evolve from studies of a particular place – my sketchbooks are full of drawings of anything which seizes my attention. Sometimes, however, I start by just playing with paint; I relish this element of serendipity, and am often on a precarious tightrope between the ‘real’ world and the imaginative one.”
Elizabeth has been leading workshops with children and adults for 40 years, at the same time practicing as a painter. Since doing a Ph D in Philosophy, and attending sessions at a local school who are pioneers in Philosophy with Children, she has combined her interest in these two areas by devising workshops with youngsters which combine art and thinking – Thinking through Art.
“Philosophy with Children (PWC) is a developing area of interest in many schools, and has been shown to have very positive results in honing thinking skills, challenging discussion, to looking, drawing and painting.
Philosophy has been defined as ‘thinking about thinking’. So, as well as practicing art, I’m interested not only in how we think about it, but how we can think through it. Is art a ‘language’? Can we think with shapes, colours, forms, as well as we can with words?”