Elizabeth Strazzula
Artist Elizabeth Strazzula

Specializing in painting “portraits” of music, artist Elizabeth Strazzula has created a wildly colorful work of art for the 2017 Live Oak Music Festival, based on a Joe Craven tune. Her painting “Hot Turkey” was inspired by Craven’s song of the same name, which is an adaptation of the traditional American fiddle tune, “Turkey in the Straw.”

Strazzula says she studies a piece of music, selects elements to paint, and then “conducts” the music with her pen to draw its shape and direction before applying the color. According to Craven, this painting is “busting out all over with energy and mischief in a dance step of multi-colored seasonings.” For the artist, the historical connection between the two pieces – “Hot Turkey” and “Turkey in the Straw” – beautifully illustrates the great tradition of American music, “and therefore shows the wonderful worth to be had in an American music festival.”

Based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, Strazzula plays several instruments. She majored in music in college, and then pursued visual arts. She studied painting in Massachusetts and then at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Merging her music and art studies, her “seeing music” paintings translate the beauty and movement in the language of sound into the language of sight.