About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Day is a leading sporting artist who first became known in the South West for her work with landscapes and wildlife.

“There is something so enchanting about animals, but one has to be sharp enough to observe and capture those moments.”

– Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth is a self-taught oil painter and pastellier whose style consists of traditionally represented themes, imbued with subtle yet compelling emotion. Over recent years her fascination with race horses and the people who work with them has grown, leading to a focus on the courageous thoroughbreds that grace the turf. Elizabeth creates bespoke artwork that truly captures unique racing moments.

Elizabeth lives and works in Somerset, on the edge of the beautiful Quantock hills. She excelled at art during her academic education in the mid-eighties, however her love of horses drove her to pursue a career in the equine industry. She worked with horses for many years, mostly training young horses for competitions.

During her career she studied equine anatomy and behaviour at Bicton College of Agriculture, which granted her a deep understanding of horses – and from an artistic point of view, a creative advantage.

Her equestrian career has taken her all over Europe and ignited her artistic flare, sparking a strong desire to paint again and capture her experiences whilst being immersed in different cultures and countries.

During the nineties Elizabeth moved to Cornwall and began to follow her passion for art and learn about the importance of portraying light in paintings, with regular trips to Penlee Gallery in Penzance to study the Newlynn Colony work. She found inspiration when painting en plein air and strives to do so as much as possible but understands the importance of the discipline that studio work brings.

Her style and passion naturally evolved from landscapes to animal portraiture – in particular horses – which naturally led her to become well-known for her commissions. Now known for her work in the world of equine sports, Elizabeth has decided to follow her heart and capture truly special moments in time. She draws inspiration from a wide range of both contemporary and historic masters, such as Edgar Degas, Joaquin Sorolla and the Newlynn School colony.