Liz Butler was born in Cumbria and educated at Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She is well known for her miniature paintings of gardens, and her use of pure watercolour.
Her work is held in several major collections including the Government Art Collection, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, the Royal Collection, Harewood House, Qingdao Art Museum, China, and the National Postal Archive. She was elected a Member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1996, where she exhibits regularly in their Annual Spring and Autumn Exhibitions.
The Francis Kyle Gallery represented her from 1978, where she had three solo exhibitions and exhibited regularly in their mixed themed exhibitions.
Four of her paintings were recently selected for an exhibition at the RWA, Bristol, entitled “Air, Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768 - 2017.” They were from a series of paintings entitled Fragile Earth, which were painted from material she had collected from various aeroplane flights, and is an ongoing project. The changing of the earth over time, through climate change and geological change is of great interest to her. She is presently continuing to work on this series and is working on some aerial views of the Siberian Steppes.
“I like my paintings to look as though they have been made by magic, avoiding any visible brush marks. I mainly work in watercolour, sometimes I draw with a pencil, but I prefer to go straight in with the brush. Like handwriting, the language an artist uses in the making of a painting is very definitely his or her own. Even if the materials they use and their working methods have much in common with those used by other artists, there is always something in their paintings which defines their identity.”