Top Wilmington artist Elizabeth Singletary

Top Wilmington artist Elizabeth Singletary discusses her create process with artGuide Magazine.

  Wildflowers of Beach Mountain, North Carolina

Wildflowers of Beach Mountain, North Carolina

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The colorful bits and pieces of Elizabeth Singletary’s life are imitated in her chosen art form of collage—a mix of down-home charm and sweeping sophistication.

  Celebrating life, faith, hope, and love, 2014, Pink Ribbon Artwork

Celebrating life, faith, hope, and love, 2014, Pink Ribbon Artwork

“I have always loved paper so it makes sense to me. I use magazines to create my art. I glue torn pieces of magazine onto canvas. I rip as I go, flipping through the pages looking for the right color. When I am creating, I really cannot see what I have done till it dries. It is always a surprise,” she says.

Her great appreciation for nature is incorporated in her artwork, which she describes as “painting with paper.” She works alone, with music playing in the background, and offers up a prayer that her works will be full of light and inspire happiness. She hides secret imagery in each piece, giving gazers a happy little hunt-and-find exercise each time they look at her collages. This fun and lively approach to art has garnered much attention. Elizabeth's commissioned pieces are unique as they incorporate family photos, mementos, quotes, and personal imagery hidden within. Her artwork has been commissioned for many corporate and private collections.

She was chosen as the featured artist of the North Carolina Azalea Festival in 2013. Her interpretation of azaleas and butterflies became the official festival poster, for which she received a bronze medal in an international competition. The poster was the first-ever to sell out in the festival's 65-year history. Elizabeth was a 2014 Wilma Magazine's "Women to Watch" finalist. She was voted "Best Local Artist" in 2015 by Encore Magazine's Best of Wilmington.

Elizabeth's collages are available for purchase as originals, commissioned pieces, or as limited edition giclee prints. Contact her by email for more information.