Elizabeth Braid

Ebb Draws

Drawing has always been part of my life.

At school, I’d fill books with drawings of little people dressed in the latest fashions rather than go out to play. And I’ve always kept a visual journal to help process the phases of life.

By the time I was in my twenties, I was working in a Melbourne cafe, wondering what my next chapter should be, when someone pointed out the obvious - I draw all the time, so why not study it?

Indeed, beginning my Diploma of Illustration at NMIT was like waking up in my true life. I came to learn so many excellent techniques. And I soaked up every moment.

In the years since, I’ve completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin University and, most recently, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at the University of Tasmania.

I’ve been back in Tasmania since 2018, coming full circle after a life of travel. My dad’s work took our family far and wide, including eight years in India, where I spent four years as a kid and then another four years at a Himalayan boarding school during my final years of high school.

India has shaped much of my identity. Oddly, my introverted self feels right at home there, amidst the sometimes chaotic nature of life. And India is a beautiful place, with a rich history and a culture that values aesthetics and the arts.

Over the years, I’ve kept my connection with India, recently attending the Art for Change residency in Delhi. The trip’s outcome exhibition, What To Do With Difference?, was displayed at the India International Centre in March 2021.

Now, back in Tasmania, I love the clear skies and vast stretches of ocean and how they change day-to-day. I love the drama of the weather and the smell of the bush. And these expansive open feelings bring so much to my art.

Together with my studies, my work in live illustration led me to establish my business in 2020. As a freelance illustrator, I create business branding and storytelling, corporate event illustrations, and I also get involved in community projects.

Some of my clients include the Burnie City Council, Medair Switzerland, Kemi Nekvapil, Weave OT and The Listening Squad.

Being an artist also allows me to explore my connection with the North-West Coast of Tasmania.

I’ve exhibited in group and solo shows - most recently receiving a highly commended in the Devonport Regional Art Gallery’s Tidal.20 Art Prize. My large watercolour painting, Flow, is now part of the gallery’s permanent collection.

It’s no surprise that I love my art.

More importantly, I love using my skills to support businesses and boost my community.

In fact, when you choose to work with me, you’ll benefit from my many years of experience and in-depth knowledge of visual communication.

So if your business is looking for distinctive imagery that reveals your brand’s story, or a unique visual approach to discussions or presentations that bring group sessions to life, then I’d love to show you how I can help.

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