Capturing Moments with Elizabeth Peyton

A young man wearing swim trunks lays on his stomach on a beach towel on a wooden boardwalk, drawing on a large piece of paper.
Elizabeth Peyton, Ben Drawing, 2001, Carnegie Museum of Art

That's what it's all about—making art is making something live forever. Human beings especially—we can't hold on to them in any way. Painting and art is a way of holding onto things and making things go on through time.

Elizabeth Peyton

This week, we’re gleaning some Monday Motivation from the words of artist Elizabeth Peyton. Known for her portraits of friends, lovers, and celebrities in bright jewel tones, Peyton depicts her subjects with great emotional detail, inviting the viewer into an intimate and fleeting moment.