Art was one of my main subjects when I trained as a primary school teacher and the love of painting has been a constant in my life. Moving to Cumbria has given me more time to immerse myself in my art. Living in the village of Crosby Garrett, I have the rolling Fells on my doorstep and overlook the magnificent North Pennines. Visits to the Scottish and Northumbrian coasts are another source of inspiration. I sketch in situ and attempt to convey spontaneity in my acrylic and iced media paintings. Watching the weather fronts coming in across the hills and the constantly changing light helps me capture some of this vision in my work. Many of my paintings are multi-layered, giving a texture to the paintings that I can scratch or etch through to create the desired effect. I use abstract and more realistic approaches to convey my ideas, for example some abstract paintings will have a more representational subject underneath. I am a member of the Green Door Artists, have exhibited in their exhibitions and have had solo exhibitions at Hawes, Brockhole Windermere (Gaddum Gallery) and in Kendal. I am often in the annual Cumbrian Open exhibition at the Up-Front Gallery, Hutton in the Forest. Elizabeth’s son Patrick works for Chaucer.