In college, she studied with the Canadian painter Alex Colville . In 1964, she hitchhiked to New York City to establish herself as an artist and found work creating prints in the garment industry. 
Elizabeth also has a green thumb and a backyard garden that explodes with growth in the summer, from fig trees and tomatoes to eggplants and herbs. 
One of the things that most influenced her transition to being green was the reaction she would get when she walked her golden retriever Dylan, who died about two years ago, by the school near her home. 
'Dylan and I would go walking and they loved the green and they loved Dylan. So every morning we would talk and chat and the children loved the green, so it continued.'