Elizabeth’s artistic training was formed at Queensland University of Technology, in Art Teaching, with a major in Painting and Drawing. During this time, she was awarded Best Graduating Student.
The artist creates her work around the stories of people through portraiture, with the intent of giving them a voice. As Elizabeth claims herself, “I regard myself as a storyteller”, her work revolves around telling people’s stories, their lives and their backgrounds. By painting portraits, the artworks give a voice to her subjects. It is, as she refers, ‘the human condition’ that the paintings evoke. Placing empathy at the core of its storytelling (the emotion the artist believed to be the core of our humanity), it is conveyed and carried through the work, speaking to the lives of those who live and to those who are yet to be born.
“The paintings refer to our human condition, the empathy which is at the core of our humanity, and that empathy is conveyed to the living or generations yet to be born.”
She also explores human relations, celebrating people who have accomplished great things in their fields and communities. And as Elizabeth putts it:
“This visual storytelling contributes to who we are as people, to gather knowledge and inspiration that contribute to how we speak, feel and respond to the human condition.”
Elizabeth is a figurative realist artist, mostly working in oil paint on linen, and occasionally uses water-based mediums and ink as well.