Elizabeth was born in Southern California and spent most of her formative years there before moving with her family to the Midwest. Much of her color and design sensibilities are rooted in the diverse west coast culture. Torn between having to choose between her two loves, commercial and fine art, Elizabeth focuses on art making instead of placing it in a category. Her varied interests in West Coast culture and landscape painting, juxtaposed to those derived from the fluctuating seasonal landscapes and extreme weather conditions found in the Midwest evoke a unique artistic dichotomy in her art-making. Her most recent work NOGPS is a series of large charcoal line drawings on poplar wood panels of trees in close and compressed spaces. She imagined how the technology generation would experience something as formidable as suddenly finding themselves alone in the woods without technology, and how the resulting anxiety and uncertainty of negotiating the natural world may make them feel. Elizabeth is an illustrator at heart , fine art painting, drawing and anything else that peaks her fancy.
As an instructor, she teaches art by mentoring and challenging students to find their own creative and aesthetic sensibilities rooted in their own conceptual growth, practical application of skills and self-investigation. She has exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally, and her work is held in several private collections. In addition to teaching, Elizabeth is also Director of the Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More University.