Liz Roth’s art is about the nature of observation and how human understand the natural world. For example, in Oklahoma Landscapes, she investigates the nostalgic visual quality of oil and gas machinery in the Oklahoma Landscape.
In her Grand Canyon series, she explores the differences in the quality of the direct visual experience contrasted with the visual experience mediated through a camera lens. This series of oil paintings has been supported by numerous prestigious residencies, including one at the Grand Canyon itself.
Her 2008 installation, America 101, took her to all 50 states to create scenes emphasizing environmental losses as a result of consumerism.
Roth has been an artist in residence at the Xiaoxiang International Printmaking Center (China), Brush Creek Art Foundation (Wyoming), Ucross (Wyoming), Playa (Oregon), A Project Space (Washington), Grand Canyon National Park- South Rim (Arizona), Wrangell Mountain Center (Alaska), Jentel (Wyoming), the Awagami Paper Factory (Japan), the Kamiyama Artists in Residence program (Japan), and the Vermont Studio Center.
She has received numerous prestigious painting grants including the Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship, the national Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant for painting, and Oklahoma Visual Artist’s Coalition Grant Art 365. She has also received the O. Gail Poole Travel Grant, and OVACs.
Her works have been acquired by many national and international collections, including the Walker Museum of Art, the Museu del Joguet in Spain, the Museum of Awa Japanese Paper, the KAIR Contemporary Art Collection and the Xiaoxiang Print Center.
She splits her time between Seattle, Washington and Stillwater, Oklahoma, where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Oklahoma State University.