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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth M. Brown  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Brown grew up in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Brown earned two degrees in music and then went on to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Elizabeth is a college writing professor and professional violinist. She teaches writing and humanities at Saint Augustine College. Dancing Through Fields of Color is her debut picture book.

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Titles At Your Library

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler
ISBN: 1419734105

Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2019

They said only men could paint powerful pictures, but Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) splashed her way through the modern art world. Channeling deep emotion, Helen poured paint onto her canvas and danced with the colors to make art unlike anything anyone had ever seen. She used unique tools like mops and squeegees to push the paint around, to dazzling effects. Frankenthaler became an originator of the influential “Color Field” style of abstract expressionist painting with her “soak stain” technique, and her artwork continues to electrify new generations of artists today. Dancing Through Fields of Color discusses Frankenthaler’s early life, how she used colors to express emotion, and how she overcame the male-dominated art world of the 1950s.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. Elizabeth Brown is represented by Sean McCarthy Literary Agency.