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1973, born in Heidelberg, Transvaal

Elizabeth grew up surrounded by family and friends who were artists and
zoologists. This awakened an early awareness in the rich variety of bird-life so fortunately to be found in the surrounding environments of the Eastern Transvaal, the West Coast and the Cape Peninsula where she spent her childhood.

She studied painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art under Peggy Delport and sculpture under Bruce Arnot, majoring in History of Art and Psychology. She subsequently completed a computer graphics course at Concept Marketing.

Now living on the mountain-side of Muizenberg, overlooking the sea and
Zandvlei, Elizabeth has been drawn back to her early fascination with the
birds and nature, which once again surround her. Her recreation time also
allows her to enjoy the life of water birds, as she is a keen canoeist.

Particularly drawn towards the penguin colony at the boulders, she decided two years ago to make this a special project, making weekly trips to study and observe the birds - taking time and care to capture the subtle gestures so unique to penguins. She donated one of these studies, done in oil on canvas, to SANCCOB to help raise funds for the seabirds affected by the "Treasure" oil spill. The WWF.SA successfully auctioned this painting on the internet to Bill Hiss of California.

The Ruth Prowse School of Art, has been facing the threat of closure
following a year of extraordinarily high expenses. When approached to
assist in a Fundraising Exhibition and Auction titled, "Save the Ruth
Prowse", Elizabeth happily donated a powerful oil painting of a raptor.

She regularly exhibits at galleries in Cape Town, has sold her paintings to
SA corporates and done several private commissions. She has also completed studies of the Montero Hornbill for a poster for the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town which is to be publically displayed in Namibia. Their aim is to popularise scientific research findings, making them more accessable to the public, thus bridging the gap between art and science.

Her most recent paintings are on exhibition at the Cape Gallery, 60
Church Street, Cape Town.

I am concerned and would like to play a part in conservation, for the reasons that it ultimately affects efforts to realize a better world.
I have tried to keep a balance between the aesthetics of the environment and documented observations, like catching the sun on the wet birds and at the same time monitor their routine. I feel that I am only starting to convey this using oil on canvas and hope that what I wish to put across will continue to develo

Her work has been exhibited at The Cape Gallery since 1997. She has sold paintings to South African Corporates and produced several private commissions. These include an exhibition on the island of Santa Cruz and on various tourist boats in the Archipelago her focus being creatures endemic to the Galapagos Island.

The subject matter she is now focusing on are the endemic wildlife of the Cape Peninsula.


Wildlife, adventure and narrative, annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Super Real, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Pause; the annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Annual wild life exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Her clients include:

Elizabeth Poulsom
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Title: To the nest
Size: 30 x 20 cm
Media: Oil
Price: R 4 500 Framed
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