Creativity has been a way of life for Elizabeth Boyd Vaughan since she was a toddler. “When I was three years old, my artist mother left her paints out. I painted on the wall—my first mural.” Her mother could tell what Vaughan had painted and laughed too hard to be angry.
A Cowley County native, Vaughan has lived many different places during her life. She always returned to Winfield, however. She completed her BFA in art at the University of New York State College at Buffalo, concentrating on print-making, painting, and murals. Three of her murals remain in Buffalo. Other murals Vaughan designed can be found in Ogden, UT, as well as Wellington, Udall, Dexter and Winfield. Currently she is designing the next installment of the rotating mural for Gallery 1001.
Vaughan’s paintings often feature landscapes as her subjects. She has worked with woodcuts, fabric art, gourd art, pine needle baskets, and dolls, among other things. At her home studio, there is always a new project in the works.
Influenced by several well-known impressionists, Vaughan especially has enjoyed the work of John Stewart Curry, Georgia O’Keefe, and Birger Sandzen. She was heavily influenced by her artist mother Virginia B. Boyd, and her grandmother Mineva Patton.
She credits Mary Jo Williams and Sue Jean Covacevich-Boys as being her most significant mentors.
For Vaughan, art is an expression of who she is. “I have spent my life helping people see the joy and beauty in daily life,” she said.
Gallery 1001 is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Vaughan as a new member artist.