Lizzie Riches was born in London in 1950 and grew up near Epping Forest where she first developed a love of natural history. Lizzie went to Camberwell School of Art and to Goldsmiths College, but felt out of step with painting styles of the late sixties preferring to develop her own visual language.
Riches lived for many years in rural Suffolk (Metfield, Mendham and Bungay) and lately by the sea in Cromer, Norfolk. She has exhibited with London’s Portal Gallery since 1976. In 1990 London Transport commissioned a painting as part of ‘Art in the Underground’. Lizzie has regular exhibitions with Portal in London and has exihibited with Portal in Chicago, in the Berkshires, the Palais Royal in Paris and in New York.
Lizzie frequently undertakes commissions, including a series of paintings for P&O’s luxury cruise liner ‘Aurora’. Webster’s Wine Publishers commissioned eighteen paintings depicting the character and history of classic and noble grape varieties for a book by Oz Clarke. In 2000 Leopold Joseph Private Bank acquired several major paintings for their boardroom. In the same year Lizzie undertook an eighty foot mural for a country house in Kent.
She is represented in the private collections of Ringo Star, Sir Roy Strong, Nicholas Rothschild, Jackie Collins and Quentin Letts and in the corporate collections of Prudential and Life, Accenture, P&O, and The Sainsbury Collection. She was commissioned for London’s Art in the Underground series and has an entry in the Dictionary of 20th Century British Artists and in Who’s Who in the Arts.