Liz graduated from Goldsmiths Art College in the seventies with a degree in Painting, Textiles and Embroidery. Following a desire to travel and explore other countries, she lived in Spain for ten years. During this time, she worked as a portrait artist on the Costa Brava, where she acquired a fine reputation for pastel and pencil sketches. Travelling also gave her the opportunity to study and embrace the many different cultures and surroundings which are apparent in her work today.
As a working artist she keeps constantly in touch with her role models, Beckmann, Caravaggio, El Greco, Van Gough, John Skeaping, Jackson Pollock and Tracy Emin.
Her love of horses in all facets has resulted in exhibitions at Lauderdale House in Highgate commencing in 2004. In 2005 she was commissioned to design the front cover of a high quality brochure for the Shadwell Stud. In 2006 she was invited to the Dubai World Cup to show her work. During 2007 Falle Fine Art St Helier Jersey asked her to show some of my contemporary style of painting art in horses. She also participated in the Ascot Art Festival and exhibited with Burlington Contemporary Art Cheltenham in the festival week. In 2007 Liz was awarded the IBA prize for the best horse/rider picture in conjunction with Society of Equestrian Artists.
2008 her work was exhibited at Guards, Cowdrey Park, Tidworth and Cirencester Polo Clubs, demonstrating her art ‘live’ at each. She returned again to Ascot Art Festival showing her ‘tribute to Ballydoyle’ as her centrepiece. The Curwen Studio awarded Liz with the 50th Anniversary Prize in conjunction with Society of Equestrian Artists.
After rescuing her own horse in the mid 1980s, she became involved with London based Brooke Charity in 2005, a charity that educates people in the worlds’ poorest communities about the welfare and management of working animals. She has silent auctioned her work at the National Dressage Championships in 2005 to 2007, Cartier Polo Windsor in 2006 and Hickstead in 2007. Liz has provided art to support the Injured riders Fund, Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes‘ at Cirencester Park Polo Club.
Most recently, the owners of Ffos Las the UK’s newest racecourse based in South Wales have purchased a number of her large oil paintings and watercolours to compliment this wonderful new course and special function facilities.
“I do hope that my work will make a lasting impression on those who view it and will stimulate the hearts of horse lovers and art collectors everywhere.” – Liz Armstrong