We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Brice-Heames and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, why did you pursue a creative career?
It never felt like a question of ‘why’ I pursued a creative career. For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to the artistic experience and I knew that whatever path I chose, creativity and I would be hand in hand. I’ve had a lot of different jobs, but all the while I’ve been creating my own art, knowing that “Artist” would always be one of my (many) job titles.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I balance commission work with personal projects, and it’s important to me to leave enough time for creative exploration. I create first for tactile connection, between hand and object, whether that be paint, pencil, string, clay, paper or stone. I’m at the mercy of the creative wave, taking careful note of when I’m low energy and need to recharge (with long walks or poetry), or when I’m full of inspiration, paint for a week straight and can’t seem to get my ideas out fast enough. Recently, I’ve been expanding my practice into other avenues, painting more murals, collaborating with various artists and creatives, finding new ways of making my art more accessible to a broader audience. This year I’ll be showing in more galleries and pairing with small businesses who support local artists, to showcase my new work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My love for LA lies on the east side, in the neighborhoods around Downtown and Chinatown. My main mode of transportation is walking or biking, it’s the best way to stumble onto something new. Eating and drinking are the main events when friends come to visit, so there are few places I’ll be sure to take them. For coffee, Bohemian House or Stumptown. Lunch at Burgerlords, Coles, or for tacos. For dinner, Kazu Nori, Major Domo, or Ramen in Little Tokyo. We’ll grab drinks at Slipper clutch, Bernadettes, Apotheke, Melody lounge or Golden Gopher. During the day we’ll check out some art spaces, like Night gallery, OTI, 1700 Naud, and go exploring in more neighborhoods. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The women in my life. They’re my source of inspiration, support and strength.