Elisabeth Sommerville is a Vancouver artist and printmaker. Her stone lithographs are based on impressions from British Columbia and her native Alberta. Elisabeth’s detailed and realistic works feature landscapes, trees and birds, particularly crows and owls.
A stone lithograph is a print taken from a stone. The process involves drawing an image on a prepared stone, then transferring this image to paper. For multi-coloured lithographs, a separate drawing is done for each colour printed.
Elisabeth Sommerville’s childhood in Alberta and her Métis heritage engendered a close affinity with nature and a fascination with birds. Influenced by time with Malaspina Printmakers Society on Granville Island, she has been creating original hand-drawn stone lithographs since 1999. Taking viewers through forests and mountains to familiar coasts, Sommerville’s works encourage attention to, and appreciation of, land.
Drawing is my passion, and the complicated process of stone lithography still continues to be a rewarding experience. I work in a studio setting where collaboration with other artists can broaden and enrich the creative process. The exquisite detail seen in a bird’s feathers or its nest, in a stand of birch trees, in a craggy rock formation, is a delight and challenge to draw. I work in a realistic style that is easily understood and appreciated by my collectors, and that gives me immense satisfaction.
To learn more about the artist and her work, visit elisabethsommerville.com.