Quebe has loved drawing since she first picked up a
crayon. As a child, she took oil painting classes from a
neighbor in her home town of Decatur, Illinois, and went on
to major in art at the University of Colorado.
A career in
marketing and communications in the architectural industry
offered creative opportunities in writing and graphic
design, but left no time for drawing and painting. When she
retired and moved to Soldiers Grove in 2002, Liz Quebe
picked up a brush for the first time in 35 years.
Liz is a
founder of the Driftless Area Art Festival and served as its co-chair through 2017. She
is an associate member of Oil Painters of America, the
American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and
the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople.
She is represented by Outside the Lines Art Gallery in
Dubuque and Galena, Plum Bottom Gallery in Egg Harbor (Door
County), State Street Gallery in La Crosse, and VIVA Gallery
When I resumed painting again, I first
painted still lifes, and I continue to enjoy creating them.
I like to incorporate items that resonate with people
because of the memories they prompt. I use many family
heirlooms--my grandmother's sewing items, my
great-grandmother's linens and vases, my grandfather's
pocket watch, my mother's dolls, my father's old tools.
Vegetables fresh from the garden or just-picked flowers are
universal pleasures that just beg to be painted.
I soon began painting en plein air. The
rolling hills of the Driftless Area, the creeks and streams,
and the iconic family farms offer countless opportunities
for painting. The quickly changing light, the many
shades of green in spring and summer, the rich hues of fall
and the harvest all draw me outdoors--alone or with other
painters--intent on capturing a small part of this special
area. I also paint landscapes in my studio, from
studies or photographs taken in the area.
My latest interest is painting
animals, especially cows, but horses, goats, sheep and
chickens too. And the rare attractive pig. Living in
an area with small dairy farms and Amish farmsteads,
subjects are not hard to find. My husband and I go on
frequent "photo safaris," looking for the perfectly posed
animal in perfectly placed light. I paint from these
photos, as most animals are notoriously bad aat standing
still. I strive to capture not only the likeness of
the animal, but a little of their persoanlity too.
grew up in a small farming community in North Central Iowa.
A career in
architecture gave him an eye for composition and design. He
received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1965 from
Iowa State University. He practiced architecture with major
firms for 37 years, specializing in health care facilities.
in 2002 and, with his wife Liz, moved from Chicago to
Soldiers Grove. They split their time between volunteer
activities and their art endeavors.
Jerry is a founder of the
Driftless Area Art Festival and served as its co-chair until
Jerry makes many of the frames that grace
Liz's paintings, working primarily in birdseye and curly
maple. He also makes cutting and serving boards that
can be found at VIVA Gallery in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
woodworkers will tell you that the wood will speak to them
and tell them what it wants to be. I may be one of
those woodworkers. Evary piece of wood is different.
I carefully study each
piece to determine its optimum use given its color, grain,
accents and size. Each of my boards is different as no
two pieces of wood are exactly alike.
My serving and cutting boards are made of
local woods, including ash, curly oak, curly maple, birdseye
maple, flame birch, walnut and cherry. Using the end
grain and/or face grains with unique patterning, I configure
the woods to make designs that are unusual, interesting and
beautiful. Eschewing the usual finsihing treatments
for cutting boards, I have chosen a mixture of tung oil and
citrus spirits, yileding a hard-wearing, food-safe surface.
It takes a lot of time and effort. I soak the boards
in the oil for 30 hours and then spend three weeks wiping
the boards daily as they give up excess oil and dry.