When it comes to her artwork, Elise Schweitzer prefers everything be as big as life.
Huge canvases are filled with life-size dancers, surprised party guests and rampaging half men-half horses. Oil paintings stretch more than 12 feet across.
Bigger surfaces provide more leeway for Schweitzer to create her unique and colorful artwork. Her most recent exhibition, “Centaurs and Bellydancers,” combines autobiographical events in her life, such as planning a wedding, with the fantastical and surreal. The exhibition opens Friday.
“Some of them have things that are totally ridiculous, even though they’re very serious paintings. I wanted to challenge myself to match that or at least approach that in my paintings,” she said.