Liz comes from a rigorous art background that includes a BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design and a certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington. A deep, intrinsic love and respect for nature has always inspired her. Liz uses her skills to connect with the community and help others rekindle a sense of awe in the natural world. In recent years her artwork has focused on ornithology, and her residency at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology strengthened her resolve to make bird illustration her life’s work.
As a Bartels Illustrator, Liz created over 50 illustrations for Lab projects including BirdNotes 02: Attracting Hummingbirds, the Celebrate Urban Birds bird-ID guide, and Living Bird magazine. She developed and taught an undergraduate Field Sketching seminar to a group of Cornell freshmen in the Biology Scholars Program, and then traveled with them to the Galapagos Islands where she helped them hone their artistic and observational skills through field sketching. Following her time as a Bartels Illustrator, she returned in two successive years to continue teaching the field sketching course that she developed, which later inspired the extremely popular Bird Academy Nature Journaling and Field Sketching course where Liz is featured as the instructor.