Born into an artistic and theatrical family in 1943, Liz has been painting and drawing all her life. She spent an unconventional childhood living in St. James’s Palace, where her father was a member of the Royal Household. After studying art to A level at school, she worked for four years at the Natural History Museum in London where her duties included illustrating the publications and lectures of zoologists researching there. This was followed by several years of part time study at various colleges and with a number of eminent artists including Edward Wesson.
After qualifying as an Adult Education tutor in 1979 Liz followed a successful career teaching weekly classes in drawing, watercolours, and mixed media for Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire County Councils from which she retired in 2003. She now concentrates on a busy schedule demonstrating to Art Societies throughout the country and teaching residential courses at Dedham Hall nr. Colchester, Earnley Concourse in Sussex, and other centres. She has contributed to several books including ‘The Artists’ Sketchbook’, ‘Watercolour Plus’, and most recently ‘Dynamic Acrylics’. She is also a regular contributor to ‘The Artist’ magazine. In addition, Liz is a well-known authority on artists’ materials and has demonstrated for most of the major manufacturers
During a career spanning over thirty years Liz has taken part in numerous exhibitions, both solo and with other artists, in galleries and other venues throughout the country. As a result her work is held in private and public collections (Surrey Heath Museum, Chertsey Museum) at home and worldwide. In London, she has exhibited regularly at Mall Galleries with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and The Society of Women Artists to which she gained elected membership in 1993. In addition she is a full member of the Society of Floral Painters with whom she exhibits twice a year. An active and committed member of many local Art Societies, she was elected President of the Arun Art Society in 2006. She has a widespread reputation for still life, floral, and landscape paintings (many of which have been regularly reproduced as greetings cards and prints by major companies) and has won a number of prestigious awards at local and national level. Her main inspirations are light, colour, and the heath land landscape around her home in Lightwater, Surrey.
Liz’s work can be seen on www.sewardart.co.uk and a mixed media demonstration can be seen on www.brushstrokesTV.com