Liz Balkwill graduated from Norwich School of Art in 1980. She has been working as a professional portrait painter for over 20 years and is well known in Norfolk as a tutor and demonstrator. Liz enjoys painting the figure: capturing gesture and using colour to evoke mood. She has also gained a reputation as a painter of still-life, receiving recognition for both her oils and pastel work. Like many artists, she is interested in capturing the way that light and shadow transform everyday objects from the mundane to the beautiful. Liz has painted a number of notable portrait commissions and exhibits regularly at the Mall Galleries with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, ROI, SWA and the Pastel Society.
Memberships: Pastel Society (Full member since 2017), Institute of East Anglia Artists (Full member since 2014)
Prizes: The President’s Prize, Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, 20 The SCS Prize for best small work, Armed Forces Art Society (AFAS), 2009 St Cuthberts Mill Award, AFAS, 2010 Highly commended SAA Artist of the Year, 2011 Herring Easel Prize, ROI, 2013 Unison Award, Pastel Society, 2013 Society Prize for Painting, AFAS, 2013 Pan Pastel Prize, Pastel Society 2015 W&N award for non-member ROI 2016 Buzzacott Award, Pastel society 2019 IEA, The Michael and Teresa Hill, ‘Best in Show’ Award 2019