Lizzie was a late developer, at least in terms of art, only first picking up a paint brush in her mid 50’s. Her work uses oils and plant matter. She is still journeying.
A wrong course booking, led Lizzie to become smitten at her first encounter of paper making. Her more recent work focuses on art from the plant; fibres used to make paper, leaves and flowers for natural dyes and botanical prints. Each of the plant and vegetable fibres used to make paper has its own unique characteristic and strength and she finds inspiration in the forms and textures that emerge. Many of the fibres she uses are grown either in her garden or allotment, places which bring her a quiet serenity and time to contemplate the wonder of tiny seeds that transform to offer fibre, colour and texture. For Lizzie, paper is divine; a connection to the earth and the richness of what we are provided with. It captures a breathing living form into something that will have perpetuity.
She is drawn to the immediacy and absorption of painting and finds the almost ritualistic preparation of plant and vegetable fibres for paper making, endlessly fascinating. Lizzie has a deep respect for nature and conservation, choosing to exercise patience and anticipation rather than use chemicals.
She became Barnet’s first Artist in Residence, running classes and workshops for children and adults in paper making and subsequently, delivering art sessions in community settings and health centres. She was an accessories designer in the fashion industry and now combines time for her artwork with teaching yoga in various settings and locations. She is a Director at The Art Stables, a community arts centre in Finchley, North West London.
Born in London but happier being out of the city, her work and heart are inspired by travel and nature.
She has shown her work in various group shows including
The Art Show - Watford Herts
Portobello Open - Metro Gallery London W11
IAPMA - Budapest, Hungary.
The Art Stables - London N3
MostArt Centre - London N16
London Digital Open - Whitechapel Art Gallery
Suburb Art - London NW11
Her solo exhibitions include:
Paperworks - solo exhibition London N20
Environment Centre - solo exhibition Barnet Herts
She is a member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA)