From a very young age, Liz Lewis preferred to be outdoors exploring. The marshy bottoms of adjacent farmland provided early and immersive exposure to the natural world and the wonders of its inhabitants. Being a visual person by nature, she would return home to recreate her experiences with her pencils and paintbrushes.
Liz was raised in a shooting family, whose recreation was spending the day at the rifle or skeet range. Later, when their interests moved to sporting clays, it was not long before Liz was traveling the country as a sponsored member of the National Sporting Clays Association’s All-American Ladies and Junior Teams. She studied wildlife and fisheries biology at the same time, and balanced them both with bird hunting and fishing in her home state of Wisconsin, before moving to Bozeman, Montana.
It is Montana where she and her husband began throwing themselves headlong into an all-consuming sporting life, going well beyond passion and lifestyle. Trading competitive shooting for pointing dogs and bird hunting, she was free to explore the west with her gun, dogs, and fly rod.
Liz continues to draw on her life of sporting experience as a fly fishing guide, outdoor photographer, shooting instructor, avid bird and big game hunter, and equestrienne. Liz prides herself in attention to proportion and scientific accuracy, while still interpreting the finer elements of the subject, which stir the emotions of the viewer.
Liz’s bronzes often tell a story. Sometimes it’s a scene frozen in her memory that she shares from life as a guide, as a hunter, or even just as a dog owner. The “situational bronze” shows that particular moment of truth, and leaves the rest for your imagination.
Lewis will be one of many talented artists showcased at this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. The event runs Friday through Sunday, February 17-19, and encompasses much of the downtown area, with vendors spread across five venues.
Sporting Classics will be manning booths at both Charleston Place and Brittlebank Park, so be sure to stop by and enjoy special subscription rates and other great deals. This is SEWE’s 35th year, and the show promises to be an absolute can’t-miss!
For more information, visit sewe.com.