Liz Defrain is an illustrator and painter living in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey. She received a BFA from the School of Visual arts in New York City. Originally from Cambridge, Ontario she grew up in Bermuda, then lived in Miami and Gainesville, Florida, New York City and New Jersey.
Her illustrations are usually done with gouache, ink, watercolor, pen, chalk, acrylic, gesso and/or pencil on paper. Defrain specializes in communication arts and editorial work. She prefers wit and simplicity in her work.
Her portraits are done in spray paint, gesso, acrylic and gouache, and sometimes using organic materials to create texture and tapestry on the canvas. The paintings are then usually finished with a variety of tea and/or coffee washes. Actual coffee grounds are sometimes incorporated into the canvas as well.
Her clients include various magazines and private commissions, her work is included in many small gallery shows.
by Liz Defrain