I was born in 1969 to a textile designer mother and a building services engineer father. My early years were spent in central London with all my play time spent on the Essex coast, where I spent hours walking along the muddy banks of the River Crouch. These formative years gave me a love for expansive landscapes.
At university I studied Architecture, and continued a childhood love of photography. After graduation and a brief architectural career, I combined my earlier interests, working as a freelance architectural photographer, working with mainstream interior magazines like Elle Decoration and House and Gardens. But it was only after the birth of my first child that I turned my hand to painting, learning about the use of colour - and how to really look and feel, then translate those senses into images. I love the immense different textures I can get with oil paints. My main focus is on being creative, using all that I have learnt over the years to express myself two dimensionally.
My paintings are emotive pieces that have richness of texture, layering and abundance. In my paintings I explore the relationship I have with the landscape; this landscape has many different layers which form the knoll, dip, fell, river, downland, mud bank or other distinguishing feature.
All portrait photography by Elizabeth Roberts