Elizabeth Bergeland was born in Casper, Wyoming; raised in Denver, Colorado, and now lives and works in Philadelphia. Elizabeth received her BFA in painting alongside Anthropology from the University of Colorado in 2006.
Working primarily in oils, watercolor and pencil, her work could be described as conceptual-realism, and is both colorful and bright, while often employing minimalism and negative space. She often pairs lifelike renderings, with flat, 2D illustrative or graphic imagery to express the contrast and disconnect of theoretical vs. real life experiences. She seeks to open up the narrative about how we identify and understand “good'“ vs. “bad”, based on the experience that often, the bad experiences end up being good [for us]. Very serious about her art, but trying reeeal hard not to be a “serious artist”.
She is the illustrator of Being Edie is Hard Today, her debut children’s book with publisher Little, Brown, and inhabits a quirky old row home with her husband and three children.