Artist Elizabeth Reed painting en Plein air at Te Anu New Zealand

Elizabeth Reed Biography

Elizabeth Elvart Reed captures the spirit of people and places. She paints and draws from life to experience subtle gestures and light. Her oil paintings and graphite drawings honor each encounter with fresh, exciting compositions.

Elizabeth was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up outside of Chicago. As a teenager and a degree student, she studied painting and drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Two previous years at The University of Kansas built a strong foundation. Elizabeth earned her BFA in Illustration and graphic design at Cornish College of the Arts, graduating with the highest honors.

She hones her vision and skill by attending workshops with Steven Assael, Alyssa Monks, Vincent Desiderio, and David Jon Kassan. Elizabeth studied sculptural anatomy with Andrew Cawrse at Anatomy Tools. These masters enrich her visual vocabulary.

Elizabeth believes that the world is a canvas waiting to be explored. She has sailed from Chicago to the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean and ventured into Europe, Southeast Asia, Honduras, and Dubai. Her travel experiences shape her understanding of people and culture and have become a rich palette for her imagination.

Elizabeth taught life drawing and painting at The Armory Art Center, The Boca Raton Museum School, The Coral Springs Museum of Art, and ArtServe in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She presented a self-portrait project to the girls at Our Little Roses Mission in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Private students get personalized attention. 

Her award-winning work has been shown in local, national, and international exhibits. She is a past board member of The National Association of Women Artists, where she exhibits online and in New York. Her “Portrait of Astrid” was published in North Light Books’ “Art Journey, Portrait and Figures.” 

Elizabeth now calls mid-coast Maine home. Her love of sailboats and the ocean fits snugly into her exploration of the Maine coast. Her new work reflects her experience living aboard and designing marine canvas for yachts. This new chapter encompasses her eclectic life experiences.

Practicing for Nyeopi in Bali

"Art hurts,

art urges voyages,

and it is easier to stay home."

Gwendolyn Brooks



Join me while I fly on the trapeze of life!

The greatest tricks are performed mid-air.

Follow my artist's journey

as I capture the spirit of people and places.

Alright! Let's Go! Andiamo!