Education and awards
After leaving school, Elizabeth took a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Manchester Polytechnic. She then read Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she won both the John Christie Prize for Painting and the Oliver Hicks Memorial Prize.
The move to Tuscany
Elizabeth has always loved painting landscapes and in 1995, she visited Tuscany to steep herself in its rich artistic history and paint the region’s extraordinary countryside. Whilst there, she organised her first watercolour courses for beginners in the village of Pergo, near Cortona.
In 1997, Elizabeth decided to permanently settle in Tuscany and she has been painting and exhibiting in the region ever since. She now lives in Montisi, part of the Comune di S.Giovanni in the Siena area, where she has a studio in the town centre.
A perfect painting environment
Tuscany is a land of contrasts, with its rolling hills and olive groves, hilltop towns and medieval cities. Elizabeth finds the combination of its lights and rhythms an ideal inspiration for her work.
She says of her paintings: ‘In my watercolours, I seek to depict fleeting moments – sunsets, rolling clouds, misty sunrises and the effects of light. And in my oils, I like to portray the rich textures, colours and shapes of the Tuscan landscape, described by dark shadows and intense light.’
Please visit Elizabeth’s online Gallery to view a selection of Elizabeth’s work, including the latest available paintings for sale.