Elizabeth Topham was born in Vancouver, British Columbia where she currently lives and works. Inspired by a couple years of backpacking through the U.K. and Europe, she returned to Vancouver to study mixed media and painting at Emily Carr College of Art + Design. She was awarded the Carter-Begg Scholarship for painting in her second year and graduated with a Diploma in Visual Arts in 1991. Her interest in nature led her to study at Atlin Centre for the Arts on a Tuition Scholarship with guest artists Irene F. Whittome and Al McWilliams. She continued her studies in nature and became a Certified Arborist in 2003. In 2007 she returned to Emily Carr University of Art + Design graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008.
Her first solo exhibit was in 2010 of her oil painting series, Desire: The Magnificent Obsession. In 2012 she exhibited the largest of these works, study #31, which measured 4’ x 25’ at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. She received an Honourable Mention for her painting, Self-portrait @ age 47, for The Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture 2013, exhibiting in Ontario and Alberta in the same year. Currently she is working on a body of work examining the “nature of captivate” in digital media.