Elizabeth R. Whelan is a UK-born artist and portrait painter. She was raised in Canada and completed her education in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since then, the Chesapeake Bay and New England coastlines have been her home.
Elizabeth R. Whelan appreciates the research and care that goes into a science-based look at the natural and botanical world around us, and she is drawn to the complexity of plant ecosystems and natural habitats. And vegetables! As an avid gardener, she finds that the many combinations of flowers and vegetables provide their own inspiration.
She currently works from a studio on Chappaquiddick Island, which is part of Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard.
Elizabeth supports the local art and artisan communities with an interest in preserving heritage and mastery. She believes in using strategic partnerships to promote local businesses and artists. Her philosophy is that ‘we can all succeed'.
Elizabeth Whelan is the creator and sponsor of the Martha’s Vineyard Drawing Prize, a competition started in 2019 to encourage excellence in the art of drawing.