Elizabeth Coyne was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in California, Canada and Indiana, before moving to New York in the early 1980’s. Ms. Coyne’s paintings were featured in numerous exhibitions in New York during the 80's and 90's. She has been a working artist for more than thirty-five years. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, a B.A. in fine arts from Purdue University and has studied and lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Coyne has exhibited her work in solo shows in Chicago, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Michigan. Her work has been featured in group shows in Germany, Canada, New York City, Milwaukee, Ohio, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. Ms. Coyne’s paintings are included in many private & public art collections. Over the past thirty five years she has won many awards and has been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, the Chicago Tribune, the (Chicago) Reader, Windy City Times and many other publications. In addition to her painting, Ms. Coyne has held studio art and teaching positions at Williams College in Massachusetts. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ox-bow Summer program in Saugatuck, Michigan.
"My paintings offer a contemplation into life and the possibilities of existence. All of my work's images come from the natural world. I look at the world and absorb it and try to put that back onto the canvas in a personal way. I am not interested in recreating exactly what I see. I am only interested in my personal vision of things that I see. Plant life, images from nature, bits of the universe and cosmos, images from the body, brain structures, DNA structures, wind structures, ocean life, cell structures, emotional life and being human. Each of these worlds are contained in my paintings. I have developed a personal symbol system based those observations and have developed a personal way of using paint. My goal is always to create a living and emotional moving image though the materials and images that I use. I think my role as an artist is to be a translator- breaking the world down and reassembling it in my own personal way. I have lived my life through paint. It has been an amazing personal adventure and there is has never been a separation from my painting and the person I am- it is one in the same. The most important thing to me in my work is to be honest and true to myself through the paint itself. Art makes everything possible."