Liz definitely loves painting birds on wood. Her first ever exhibition following her degree in 2002 was paintings of birds on wood!
Liz’s main inspiration is from a 17 month trip working and travelling in Africa following her degree in ceramics. It was here she felt like she rediscovered nature and birds.
At one point on her travels she lived for 6 months in a hut above a village on lake Malawi with no water or electricity. Here there were trees growing through the veranda where she constantly watched beautiful birds.
Whilst in africa she was also massively inspired by a group of naive painters from Zimbabwe called The Weya women who painted everyday scenes on objects and pieces of wood.
Having no access to clay Liz concentrated on drawing and painting.
On her return to the UK she had an idea to have an exhibition in which she would create her own bird characters, painting them on pieces of reclaimed wood. That was in 2002 in a restaurant in Brighton, it was a huge success and she continued from there.