Artists Elizabeth Morris


Elizabeth trained initially as a painter at the Sourthern College of Art, Bournemouth, The Central School and Goldsmith's College. Later she studied etching at Morley College in South London.

Most of the ideas for Elizabeth's etchings stem from two island environments: Mersea Island and a much smaller island in West Cork where for years she has spent part of the Summer.

Rocks and fierce seas in one island, huge skies and horizontal lines in the other, but in both textures of mud or stones, geese, gulls, bird tracks, boat outlines, shells, pebbles, fish and ever changing light. The elements feature in her etchings, and latterly she has used poems and biblical stories as 'starting off points' to construct a picture.

Her work starts with sketches from life. They are then used for a design which is drawn on the prepared copper plate and 'bitten' in acid. Various techniques, including aquatint, add texture to the image. Proofs of each stage are taken, and when all is satisfactory the edition is printed.

She has exhibited widely, both locally and further afield. Several times at the Royal Academy, at 'Originals' in the Mall galleries and at the Eastern Open in Kings Lynn.

Prints are in public collections including those of Colchester Castle and of the House of Lords.

Ian Collins shows several of her images in his book 'WaterMarks' and she is one of the 22 printmakers featured in 'Wildlife Printmaking'.


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