Elizabeth retired early from a career in law to do a Honours Degree in Fine Art (Integrated Media), working part time for Lancashire Adult Learning, teaching art and craft in the Community. Following her Degree, Elizabeth has had a solo exhibition entitled ‘A Reflective Journey’, a collection of paintings based on her memories of childhood in India, showing at the Whitaker in Rawtenstall, and subsequently at the Lancashire Museum in Preston and a few of these paintings have also been on exhibition at the Haworth in Accrington.

Elizabeth has also exhibited with the Association of Animal Artists for a few years, winning awards along the way. As a member of the Haworth Artists Network her work has been exhibited in the Community Corridor on a number of occasions. Both the Haworth and the Bury Art Gallery shop display Elizabeth’s ceramic paintings.

Elizabeth has been able to paint in her Garden Studio throughout lockdown. She creates work in a variety of mediums including china painting, textiles and watercolours but during lockdown she has devoted herself to oil painting portraits of socially distanced members of her family using selfies, FaceTime and her own photographs as reference, to cope with the enforced isolation. In addition, the garden and the garden birds have served to keep up spirits, not least delightful visits by woodpeckers and the occasional sighting of a splendid sparrow hawk, painting these to prolong the pleasure of have seen them! 

There has been time to paint from a past watercolour sketch and to revisit old paintings. Elizabeth recently has added cold wax to her oil palette and has enjoyed experimenting with the medium!

The new work will be on display and some of the work both old and new will be for sale. Visits will naturally depend on prevailing conditions but individuals visits can be arranged at any time by prior appointment via Facebook Messenger or email at Aandecrabtree@aol.com.

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