Barton was born in Auckland and raised on a dairy farm in the Waikato.
drawing at the age of three, and living in the heart of the country provided
just the right setting to nurture her
imagination. When she was 18, friends took samples of her art work to London; they were viewed by the Curator
of the Royal Academy, who accepted her to study on a foundation course at an RA
School. However, funding was not available to train overseas, so she opted to
study at Dunedin School of Fine Art, where she graduated in 1982, majoring in
solo show at the Moray Gallery in Dunedin provided her with the means to travel to London in 1985, where she worked as a
freelance artist and illustrator for various companies including Penguin and
Hodder & Stoughton. In 1987, she was invited to participate in Shop Window,
an exhibition sponsored by The Association of Artists and Illustrators to
showcase emerging talent in London's West End.
numerous works in private collections worldwide, and has won several awards for
drawing and printmaking both in New Zealand and the UK. She is a member of the
Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA), a UK-based society for professional
ln 2000 Elizabeth trained as a commercial pilot, having obtained her private pilot's
licence in 1996. She worked as a professional pilot and flight instructor in SE
England, and now has an NZ Commercial Pilot's Licence.
always kept art as a creative outlet while flying, in 2009 she made a big
return to fine art and to her old passion, intaglio etching. She exhibits
regularly in London and other UK cities, and keeps a studio in Rye, East
resides in Te Aroha, where she works when not travelling to the UK. She is married to John Medhurst, an arbitrator
and private pilot whom she met through flying.
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