Elizabeth Darling uses the traditional methods of watercolour in a wash over black ink drawings. These are made in her studio, an aged storage barn on a property just outside the Kyneton township.
The property has been an early brick works, an apple and pear orchard, and in the 1940s, grew carrots, water lilies and yabbies for the Melbourne markets. For the last 50 years the converted apple store has served as a studio and teaching space.
Elizabeth is a painter, an author, and an educator who has held a number of successful exhibitions of her paintings in Melbourne and locally. Her works are held in the National Library, International Collections, in schools, and private collections. She has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, and illustrated articles for journals and magazines. Her work appears in Australian science fiction fanzines of the 60s and 70s.
The paintings here are narrative studies of the local scene: the queue for the going home bus, the cafe society, the young apprentice, etc.