Elisabeth has loved to draw since childhood. She was a pencil artist until the age of 36. In 2002, while living in California, she learned plein air painting. She won her first awards, including two "Best of Shows" and was accepted into her first gallery in 2003.
In 2005 her family moved to Italy, where she was accepted into two galleries. She began teaching painting in the Navy's MWR program. While stationed on Sardinia Italy, she travelled a bit through Europe. She fell in love with Florence and the surrounding area. A seed began to grow in her heart to bring others there to paint.
Upon return to the states they were transferred to Connecticut where Elisabeth was accepted into two galleries.
In 2012, the Navy moved her family to Virginia. There she juried into d'Art Center and was also accepted into The ArtWorks Gallery.
She taught three adult oil painting classes at d'Art Center each week and one at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, as well as plein air classes on the weekends.
In teaching, she strives to encourage other artists to reach their goals, not hers. She has students with very diverse styles and LOVES that aspect of teaching.
"It is such an exciting environment. Everyone has their own internal compass directing their work. New ideas are shared- the group is constantly learning, evolving and being inspired."
Elisabeth is taking a break from teaching. She is currently living and painting in Southern California.