Elizabeth Traynor: Scratchboard
Elizabeth started illustrating at a very young age. Five years of Saturday morning classes at the Delaware Art Museum guided her toward illustration. It took her a while to realize that her frequent exposure to original paintings by Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and the Pre-Raphaelites influenced her own work. Perhaps this explains her instinctive desire to draw with precise realism, imbued with beauty, no matter the medium.
Elizabeth graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1981 with a BFA in illustration. Later, she too became an instructor, teaching illustration and foundation art at the Delaware College of Art and Design from 1998 to 2004. She was head of the illustration department for four of those years.
Her first hardcover children’s book, “F is for First State: A Delaware Alphabet”, was published in fall 2005; her second, “V is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet”, was published in summer 2009. Both were painted in watercolor for Sleeping Bear Press.