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People have always fascinated me and while my artistic ventures have been very diverse – including, at different times, landscape painting, trompe l’oeil interior decoration, printmaking and sculpture – the portrait has always been a constant theme. It has led me to places I might not have gone and has taken many forms : oil paintings of the shopkeepers and citizens who make up a city neighbourhood, humorous sketches at business conventions, drawings of seamen from around the world, life-sized silhouettes of buyers and sellers at an outdoor fish market, and, most recently, sculpted busts of friends and acquaintances.
It is probably a common trait among figurative artists to think that certain small moments of existence are memorable and to devote a considerable amount of effort to proving, through their artworks, that this is true. In this sense, the portraits are a tribute to some of the people I have met.
Elizabeth Sircom was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia and spent her childhood in the Annapolis Valley. She studied languages at Dalhousie University and the University of Tours, France, then painting and drawing in Paris, with the painter Lionel Verrier and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
From 1992-2013 she lived in Le Havre, Normandy, working as an artist and teaching drawing and painting to adults and children. She has participated in many group exhibitions, often on a portrait theme and was commissioned to work on a number of public art projects for the City of Le Havre.
Portraiture has always been a central theme of her work. A self-taught sculptor, the main focus of her work over the past six years has been a series of sculpted terracotta busts.
Elizabeth Sircom returned to live in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2013.