Otago PENinsula ARTists
Elizabeth was born in the Yorkshire Dales and since early childhood grew up loving the peace and beauty of both the English and New Zealand countryside. Inspired by her family’s’ musical and artistic heritage and gaining her Fine Arts Preliminary exam at school Elizabeth eventually studied Opera and Theatrical Design as well as Floristry in London.
Papers in the History of Art at the University of Auckland led to 6 weeks of Still Life oil painting at an academy in Florence in 2010 While living in Auckland she was a violinist in several orchestras which led to being invited to design and create costumes for several operas and ballets.
A commission for the Anglican Diocese in 1999 was the design and creation of the Millennium Cope and Mitre for John Paterson, the Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand and Polynesia.
Various other commissions include a number of banners and vestments for Diocesan School for Girls Auckland and their hand painted silk Centennial Cope in 2003.
Further banners followed in Wellington for St Margaret’s’ College and the Royal Society. Elizabeth enjoys creating paintings for private commissions In 2009 she designed and created costumes for an outdoor production of Midsummer Nights’ Dream in the gardens of Mona Vale, during which time she was living in the historic Gatehouse until the February Earthquake 2011 In 2013 Elizabeth was invited to exhibit and curate the Photography and Art Exhibition for the Starlight Festival.
Her theme for this years’ Exhibition is Mackenzie under the Microscope where she has photographed a number of images under the microscope, enlarged and painted the details using water colour and acrylic.
Elizabeth recently moved to the Otago Peninsula where she is restoring a cottage.