Illustrator and visual artist, Liz Duthie grew up in Bendigo, where she obtained a Fine Arts degree at Bendigo C.A.E. (now La-Trobe University) in 1989. After uni, she travelled overseas then returned to work in a range of fields include disability arts and publishing and sustainability, before settling into festivals, events and community arts for many years. She continued to muddle along with her painting and drawing, improving her skills by attending workshops and life drawing classes, and participating in group exhibitions. However, she really rediscovered her passion for making art –especially drawing, after moving to Castlemaine five years ago and having her three small girls with husband Simon. “Drawing is my way of seeing the beauty in the world. When I am in that heavenly state of being acutely focussed but open to happy accidents, it is the most exhilarating, delicious feeling–and always when the best work happens,” says Liz. Liz is currently working towards an exhibition with fellow artist Julienne Beasley called “Telling Stories” at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery in May next year, as well as developing artwork for her online shop at Society6 and other projects. To see more of her work visit www.lizduthie.com.