Elizabeth Matthews is best known for oil paintings designed on multiple panels where she places empty chairs in art historical compositions and dramatic landscapes. In these unexpected situations the chairs mutely interact and metaphorically act out human relationship dynamics and social complexity.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Matthews earned a BFA from Brigham Young University where she studied painting, drawing, printmaking and art history under Robert Marshall, Bruce Smith, James Christensen, Wayne Kimball, Wulf Barsch, Hagen Haltern, Gary Barton, Joe Ostraff, and Mark Magleby. She continued her education at Utah State University earning an M.Ed. in teaching and learning. Later, her passion for learning and landscape painting led her to a study with G. Russell Case, Keith Bond and Ian Roberts.
Matthews has exhibited in numerous shows in a variety of venues in Utah, where she has been recognized for her excellent work. She currently maintains a studio at the Baldwin Radio Factory in East Millcreek.