“Nature always wears the color of the spirit”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The continual interplay and connectedness of the natural world and the human body has always fascinated me and informed my art. Tree limbs appear as outstretched arms and winding legs; human shapes and the internal workings of the body merge with the terrain in a continual flow of artistic imagery. Negative spaces offer continual surprises; textures, organic structures, earthen palettes and found materials are all integral to visually bringing the outside world in, and the inside world out. I see nature as a metaphor for daily life; never-ending transitions of growth, death, and re-birth.
Art making provides me with a language that expresses the immediate moment while reflecting the ongoing cycles of nature. I create, destroy and re-create my art, often times shredding, cutting down, building up and turning things around, intentionally painting over something, harvesting from something else; all to see what new beauty and unplanned imagery arises from what existed before.
Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs was born in Rockland County, New York. She is passionate about communicating the relationship of the human body to nature and the earth. She pioneered the field of Creative Behaviorism, a proprietary methodology that awakens the creative process in artists and non-artists alike in order to maximize their human and spiritual potential. To apply these principles with individuals and groups, Elizabeth developed Creative Awakenings: Where Spirit meets Science™, a program that integrates this methodology with various wellness modalities. Creative Awakenings has become a highly in-demand program that Elizabeth teaches at exclusive luxury venues including Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, and the Golden Door Spa in San Marcos, CA. Her art resides in numerous private and public collections across the United States, and she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art therapy.
Elizabeth is the bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, and Soul Models: Transformative Stories of Courage and Compassion. She also works closely with her husband, artist Bobby Jacobs, creating large-scale commission works for private and public collections, with works recently acquired by Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas and the city of Las Vegas. Bobby and Elizabeth founded “The Spread Your Wings Project,” a 501(c)3 devoted to sharing public and community art as an uplifting response to challenge of all kinds. “Spread Your Wings” broke all fundraising records for Dell Children’s Hospital in 2017 and is being launched nationally with Dylan’s Wings of Change, a non-profit borne of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Elizabeth donates all proceeds from art sales to The Spread Your Wings Project.