Reality is what we perceive. My paintings and drawings rearrange fragments of images into imaginary scenarios. These selective memories reflect my dreams and concerns.


Elizabeth Elvart Reed was born in Honolulu Hawai’i and grew up near Chicago, Illinois. Her art instruction and absorption started early at The Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her BFA in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She continues to study figurative painting and drawing with modern masters.
Elizabeth is attracted to imagery from her journeys. Growing up sailing with her mother inspired a voyage from Chicago to Florida and the Carribbean on a 25’ sailboat. She lived in East Sussex, England, spent a year in Italy and recently visited Istanbul and Dubai. The rich culture, landscape and historical images of her travels are layered in her work.
Reed is fascinated with Lee Bontecou’s melding of animal and machine images. She is drawn to Julia D’Arcy’s fusing of anatomical and organic patterns. Their work inspired Elizabeth to layer images and techniques. Bones mesh with landscapes, animals and objects to leave subtle messages. Elizabeth is now focusing on her figurative oil paintings and drawings. Her new work layers figures and fragments of memories.
Elizabeth Reed taught drawing, life drawing and painting at ArtServe, Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Armory Art Center and the Boca Raton Museum Art School. She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally and regularly draws from life.