Elizabeth Mumford

Elizabeth Mumford grew up on a farm in the Midwest, but spent every summer on Cape Cod and consequently, became an avid sailor and racer. Today, she is painting professionally full-time and lives with her husband and young son in the Victorian family house of her childhood. Her style is influenced by American Folk Art, as well as Flemish painters of the 16th century, primarily Brueghel.

Liz’s “signature” is a black painted border with bronze stenciled corners and red letter text wrapping around the painting. Liz feels as though her paintings develop like a play. The text reflects the setting, which she paints first, sketching out a rough idea of what each figure is doing to complement the verse. However, as a painting develops, stories evolve from the actions and settings, and it seems that the painting takes off on its own to tell a story Liz may not have initially had in mind. Once in a while, she even has to change the words to reflect that development. Her work is included in collections around the country. Recently, a painting of hers was featured in Ladies’ Home Journal in an article about Mystic Seaport.