Liz studied Illustration and received a BA from Maidstone College of Art.
First Liz sketches loose ideas in pencil and ink on tracing paper, scrubbing out and redrawing as she goes. She develops the image, working from life whenever possible. Over the years she’s found that she needs fewer colours in her palette but does a lot of mixing of paints to get the shades she requires.
Using watercolours, pencil and ink, Liz works in a style that is traditional in the world of botanical and natural history illustration. Her images have a look that is personal to her – as individual as handwriting, she says.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Liz: I always drew from an early age and wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Liz: I did Illustration at Maidstone College of Art ( Kent Institute now I think). Question: Where do you live & what drew you there? Liz: We moved to the middle of Devon 5 years ago lured by a picture on the internet. It felt like moving to another country but I later found that my family originated from the next village. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Liz: I work in a room at the front of the house - upstairs. It's bright and white. Question: Describe the view from your studio window? Liz: A barn conversion in progress immediately below us, then a river valley with rolling green hills above. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Liz: My natural surroundings. Question: Do you collect anything? Liz: I love finding bits and pieces under the worm eaten floorboards or dug up from the garden. These range from hard little frogs, old letters, marbles and Georgian pennies and even a silver christening spoon. I haven't kept the mummified rats and the hornets nest was too delicate. There is only one more floor which needs replacing so I am soon going to run out of finds.
Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Liz: Sheep keeping, renovating this crumbling house. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Liz: I painted some artist impressions of the garden created by Robert Dudley for Queen Elizabeth 1 at Kenilworth Castle. English Heritage were doing an archaeological dig on the site. It was really interesting. I've also recently painted an impression of a small part of the Italian garden at Chiswick which I think they have now just finished recreating. You have to find the old plants that were used and it is fun visiting the site and seeing the hints of the past. Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Liz: Stanley Spencer, Richard Dadd. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Liz: At the moment Angie Lewin and Emma Dibben. Question: Who is your design hero? Liz: Tom Stuart Smith. Question: Who is your musical hero? Liz: Robert Wyatt. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Liz: A farmer. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Liz: Taken a sheep to the vet in the front passenger seat of the car. I got very funny looks when on the bypass. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Liz: I'd like to discuss my conservatory plans with Joseph Paxton.
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