Meet Your Maker Monday: Lizbeth Ortiz
Artist Lizbeth Ortiz has been busy since she returned to Houston ten years ago. She is the Director of the East End Studio Gallery, located in the city's historic East End, and hosts annual festivals dedicated to Frida Kahlo and Día de los Muertos. When she's not planning the next show at EESG, she works on her own art. Read on to see what it takes to cultivate creativity in herself and others.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
What do you make?
I paint in various mediums and like to incorporate mixed media and recycled materials into my pieces. I also make accessories, silk screen designs, and hand paint Mexican folk dolls.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I have an 8 - 5 day job in Downtown Houston. After work I come home, make dinner and then work on art. On Fridays we usually have an art opening at East End Studio Gallery. When we do, I go there right after my job and work the opening.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I grew up in Houston and left for college. After 10 years, I returned to be pleasantly surprised by how much the city and I had changed. Houston offers a wonderfully diverse population, a great scene in the arts and the best cost of living for a large city in the US. It's a winning combination for an inspiring and comfortable life style.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
I'm inspired by my surroundings, family, friends and ancestors. Culture and tradition are predominant themes in my work. Day of the Dead, Frida Kahlo, and anatomically correct hearts are among the themes and symbols that dominate my studio. I usually let materials, colors, and/or symbols guide me through the creative process by allowing them to dictate what they want to be transformed into.
What's next for Lizbeth Ortiz?
Currently I have a show up at East End Studio Gallery with my latest work inspired by anatomically correct hearts. I invited 30 artists to share their pieces inspired by the symbol and/or what inspires them to live. After this show I'll continue to curate shows at EESG and work on my own art. I recently moved into a new studio space at Hardy & Nance and I'm very excited to work on more mixed media pieces and silk screening there.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I'd like people to know that I make art from my heart. It is what keeps me sane and heals my soul. I hope it inspires viewers in some way to turn to art for healing.