Growing up in a family of artists, Elizabeth was encouraged to draw and paint from an early age. While still in high school, she was invited to attend art classes on a scholarship to Chouinard Fine Art School in Los Angeles. She then traveled abroad to study at Sir John Cass College of Art and Heatherley School of Art in London. Heatherley was a small traditional art guild her mother had attended.
Returning to the States, she continued her studies at the Arts Students League in New York City, then apprenticed with Larry Gluck where she says she learned the technical side of visual communication. Since then, she has studied with other renowned artists such as Quang Ho, Ron Hicks, Kim English, Michael Lynch, Helen Van Wyk, to name a few.
Elizabeth has been the owner of her own art school in Austin for the past 40 years and has developed a teaching style that has helped hundreds of people to learn to draw and paint beautifully. Much can be learned from going back in history and putting back into art education what has been left out over the last century. Elizabeth explains it this way, "There is most definitely a technical side to making art that when learned, can free the artist within. Being moved by the beauty of what you find before you is not enough. Once the language of visual communication is learned, then we have a means through which to communicate and express our Self. Paradoxically, once we have the skill level we need, then there can be a ‘leap into the unknown’ that allows what can never be planned or known to emerge. We ‘let go' of trying to 'do' art, and what emerges is fresh and natural and authentic. Art can be a place where we can simply and truly and courageously ‘show up’ and be ourselves. Art is the result of mastering the skills and then getting the head out of the way, and letting the heart take over."
For the past several years, Elizabeth and some of her students have been traveling to France to paint outdoors together. "There is no substitute for painting directly from life. When we are in direct relationship with Nature, responding to real light and real color, in the ‘present’, we are not only experiencing and witnessing Nature, but also participating in the glory of it all!" The resultant work has attracted the attention of collectors across the nation. After 40 years she decided to retire and close the school in Austin Her time has been divided between teaching and painting until recently.
After 40 wonderful years of teaching this Art Study Program, Elizabeth is retiring and closing the school in Austin. She now resides at Kendal at Oberlin, a Quaker based non-profit retirement community of mostly retired teachers from Oberlin College where there are many opportunities to continue painting and/or teaching.