As Elizabeth Spencer riding Legend she won The Pony Championship at the Royal International Horse Show at White City 1946, 1947 and 1948 and The Championship at the Horse of the Year Show at Harringay 1949. She rode and schooled ponies for showing, hunter trials and hunting and had many successes at Point-to-Point.
In her teens she won The Pony Club scholarship to learn to instruct riding at The Silver Hound Riding School and as a result instructed and judged in Britain and Canada. After her marriage she twice whipped in to drag hounds, rode show jumping schooling novices to Grade A and was frequently invited to jump abroad.
Elizabeth began painting seriously in 1970, starting with military actions then specializing in portraits of people and animals, particularly dogs and horses in oil and pastel. She always captures a good likeness - action, movement and light being of special interest to her. Mostly working for commission she studied at The Bournemouth College of Art and trained under Peter Oliver at the New College of Art Crownleigh, expanding into houses and landscapes.
Since these initial steps she has exhibited in London and the provinces. Commissions include: The Battle of Waterloo; The Royal Yacht Britannia; Titanic; race horses; military scenes; fishing maps surrounded by river scenes and Dartmoor map with 12 Dartmoor scenes (prints available £30 unframed).
Elizabeth is a member of the Equestrian Artists, the Armed Forces Art Society and she is organizer of the Devon Equestrian Art Workshop.
Elizabeth supports 'Frame Africa' by framing many of her works in unique frames created by craftsmen working in the heart of the African bushveld. Each frame is created individually from solid brass and seasoned timber, using traditional methods and techniques. The timber is selected from carefully managed non-indigenous forests.
Armed Forces Art Society Dartmoor Archive Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust
Delamore Arts Society of Equestrian Artists Delamore Gallery