For the Downtown Billings ArtWalk on Friday, October 2, 2015, Toucan will introduce work by an artist new to Toucan's stable of local and regional artists and artisans. Based in Three Forks, Liz Chappie Zoller is a contemporary western artist who creates tightly focused, “in the moment” oil paintings of the landscapes, animals and people of her everyday Montana life. Liz uses oils because she loves the lush smoothness of the medium as it glides onto the canvas, and the ability she has to manipulate both its intensity and texture. Her images, sourced from her own photography, are cropped close to create a visual tension along the edges of each piece, but this tight focus also serves to ground her in the wide open country she calls home. Liz enjoys the challenge of successfully capturing sharp contrasts, vivid colors, and the dramatic light of a specific moment - the very delicate first light of day, an intensely seasonal bite of color, and the rugged and enduring grace of the animals and people in her Montana life.
Liz earned her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Cincinnati. In 2006, she won Southwest Art Magazine's Award of Excellence/Best of Show for her entry, "Cheyenne Painted Rawhide," in The Trail of Painted Ponies National Art Competition. Currently teaching for Montana State University's Interior Design program, Liz also coaches for the Montana Arts Council Artrepreneur Program, a workforce development program designed to help Montana's artists develop a sustainable business in art.
Liz's most recent art education includes workshops with landscape artist Frank Serrano, Native American artist Kevin Red Star, landscape artist Greg Scheibel, wildlife artist Shannon Troxler, an internship with acclaimed Native American artist DG House, and painting with Susan Blackwood's Jade Street Portrait Painters. Chappie Zoller is a member of Mondial Art Academie in Aimargues, France, and SMArts (Southwest Montana Arts).
As always, in addition to Toucan's featured artist’s work, the work of the rest of Toucan’s regular stable of artists and artisans — including paintings, pottery, textiles, glass, jewelry, stationery and greeting cards — will be on display in the gallery space during ArtWalk.
The ArtWalk runs from 5 to 9 pm in downtown Billings.