This is a collection of Elizabeth Layton's work, organized chronologically from 1977-1991. Contents include a biography and epilogue by a 27-year-old reporter (Don Lampert) who discovered, promoted, and became a dear friend of "a depressed grandmother with a handful of drawings under the bed."

Layton discovered contour drawing when she was age 68 and claims to have drawn herself out of mental illness. Her subject matter is self-portraiture, marriage, aging, depression, grandmothering, dieting, and political commentary (nuclear holocaust, capital punishment, mythology and hospital death).


Layton claims to have drawn herself into wellness by looking into a mirror for hours at a time. Crayons and colored pencils on poster paper were the instruments of the "art cure" when shock treatments, drugs and other therapies failed.

Her experience with a failed marriage, mental illness and the loss of a child--often the content of her drawings--evokes empathy and understanding. Her self portraits as Lady Macbeth, Pandora, Raggedy Ann, and even Phyllis Schafley are inviting, often whimsical, full of rainbows and hope.



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Waco, Texas



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