Elizabeth was born and
raised in Tampa, Florida. She attended H.B.Plant High School and continued her
education at the University of South Florida to obtain a B.A. in Fine Arts.
Throughout her childhood her main passion was drawing which then expanded to other art
mediums such as watercolors and ceramics. In high school her principle medium was
prisma color. During college, Elizabeth began to develop as an artist studying
computer animation, which was her main passion, as well as studying printmaking, acrylic
painting, watercolors, drawing, and ceramics. In college , Elizabeth wrote and
illustrated a children's CD-Rom story book that she knows will be published soon. It
was not until after graduating from USF that Elizabeth began her hand at papier
mache. Since loving her first papier mache creation, currently 30% of her work
consists of papier mache wall hangings and masks Her main inspirations come from
everyday life, childhood memories, imagination, and her mother. Many of her works
consists of vivid colors, patterning, and intricate detail. Her subjects can range
from decoratively painted masks and fish to flowers and suns.
"I use vivid, bright colors in my pieces because to me they are pleasing to the eye and to the soul. My
subjects are not serious subjects and are not suppose to be. I create pieces that I
believe everyone will enjoy looking at and possibly find humorous."
Also, visit Elizabeth's personal site, Creations by Liz Smith