Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Reynaldo Santiago

Second Advisor

Philip Field

Third Advisor

Richard Hyslin


The artwork I create facilitates my artistic direction and has developed from childhood memories to current adulthood experiences of viewing how light can change the form of many things including organic forms. My extensive research and technical experimentations with the different color value manipulation of acrylic and oil based paints to accommodate the phosphorescent paint has brought me to create a new technique in painting which I titled “Phosphormorphosis”. Phosphormorphosis is to change the form of a two-dimensional image or three-dimensional surface by manipulating the color value of wet or dry media and adding phosphorescent paint to distort the image and reveal a form changing illusion in the dark.

Through my paintings and three-dimensional artwork I express the subject of my relationships with family, friends, and acquaintances. Many artists such as Tom Bacher, Beverly Doolittle, Bill Scheck, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas influence my artwork with their ideas of technique or subject matter.


Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Fernandez Figueroa. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American