Chances are you’re familiar with her beautiful paintings already, but this local artist has an amazing story about discovering her talent in the most unusual way and she’s gone on to become a global sensation…
“My name is Elizabeth Langreiter and I started painting in 2008 after being hit in the back of the head by a tennis ball. It sounds bizarre but it is true. After a niggling pain and swelling in the back of my head that would not go away I very thankfully got the all clear from my cat scan.
But I also just got this sudden urge to start painting when I had never painted before. So, suddenly I went from having no interest in art to becoming a dedicated and prolific artist, which surprised everyone who knew me but most of all myself.
It started as a hobby but I was incredibly lucky to have great success at my first group exhibition at the Willoughby Art Centre, which really encouraged me to keep going.
In 2016 I was offered a solo exhibition, and I was also selected as one of the top 100 emerging artists in Australia.
I’m very lucky to have a studio in my home at Roseville Chase, which means I can paint most days. My studio is my favourite place to paint. I can create as much mess as I like and as soon as the kids go to school I crank the music up and start having fun creating.
I find inspiration all over the place. My popular beach series was inspired by seeing a photo in an inflight magazine on a flight to Noosa of the Rottnest Swim in WA. I fell in love with the aerial perspective and have since created many beach-inspired paintings.
I don’t consider a painting finished until I love it. If I had to choose a favourite I would say Happy Days at Balmoral because after travelling and living overseas I know how much I love Sydney and feel grateful that I live in such a wonderful part of the world.
I’m really thankful to all the lovely people who have given wonderful feedback, referrals and most of all collected my art. It never stops feeling exciting when someone loves my painting enough to want it on their walls to look at every day. I feel truly humbled that my art is now hung in South Korea, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Japan, France, Israel, Germany, Netherlands and Thailand.
In 2019 I was accepted into the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong and that changed my life! I travelled to Hong Kong and I met so many wonderful people and collectors from all over Asia. At this fair I met a person who would organise my first solo exhibition in Seoul in South Korea a few months later. I exhibited and travelled three times to Hong Kong, 2 times to Korea and once to Singapore. An absolute highlight was seeing a banner of my painting and exhibition 3 stories high on the side of the gallery building in Korea.
After such an amazing year I was ready to travel to international art fairs every year but then Covid happened. Incredibly I was even more successful in 2020. People started finding me online and I became busier than ever. I had one collector buy 9 paintings for his residences in Switzerland, London and France.
With my son’s help I also joined TikTok recently and we have just had the most incredible reaction to my painting “By My Side”, since 10th Feb it has been viewed 5.3 million times. It sold very quickly to a collector in Texas.
I still paint every day possible. I love it and never get sick of it. It is my passion.”