Elizabeth was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts and lived next door to a monastery. She spent much of her free time making art, rambling through the woods on the monastery property, encountering a variety of woodland animals, and occasionally greeting monks taking an afternoon stroll.
Elizabeth has traveled extensively and considers this experience central to her work as an artist. During her travels, she has been especially impressed by cultures where art is part of everyday life, something the entire community participates in as a natural extension of their normal activities. Like many artists, Elizabeth assumed her art could only be a personal pursuit and that she would proceed with other work professionally. As a young adult, she discovered that several previously unknown family members were accomplished, professional artists. She learned about her family's vibrant history of craft and fine art including her close ancestral connection to a widely known Dadaist. Understanding this history encouraged her to pursue art professionally.
Elizabeth received her BA in fine art and anthropology, with an emphasis on cultural artistic traditions, from the University of Vermont. During college, she studied studio art and art history in Florence, Italy and was part of an Anasazi Pueblo archaeological excavation in southwestern Colorado. Since college, Elizabeth has continued her fine art studies in illustration, graphic design, photography and ceramics at the Museum School, Massachusetts College of Art, New England School of Photography and Mudville Studios.
Elizabeth has applied her interest and knowledge in the environment, and creative arts to a range of professional endeavors including: dune restoration, a ceramic production assistant for artist James Aarons, and an assistant web design instructor at the Interactive Factory in Boston. For the past 14 years, she has been a graphic designer working with corporations, agencies and non-profits.
More recently, Elizabeth transitioned her life-long drawing avocation into a professional career in illustration. Given its broad appeal and ability to reach wide audiences, illustration was a natural choice for Elizabeth. She has created illustrations for non-profit organizations, the performing arts, the gourmet food and wine industries, along with several corporations.
She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband and two very large, happy cats.