On the subject of the Fauve master, I ask Eliza who her inspirations are.
‘Yep, Matisse is definitely up there!’ she tells me, ‘But also artists like Alan Fears and, maybe more than anything, fabrics, wallpapers and my garden!’
She goes on to tell me how, along with paint on canvas, she loves creating murals.
‘I really love painting murals. I find their size makes them more impactful and I find their collaborative nature super inspiring. I’ve done lots of exterior murals but am most excited about moving them inside. My dream would be to fill a whole children’s nursery with trees and flowers.’
There is certainly a nod to the decorative arts in her paintings. Her patterned backgrounds appear particularly flat when juxtaposed with the 3-D flowers and fruits she depicts – an inconsistency of viewpoint that reminds me of early Cubism.
Looking at Sunset, Sunflowers and Shells, I couldn’t help but think of the distorted fruit in Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’.
Eliza tells me she intends to continue experimenting with viewpoint going forward, something immediately obvious in the huge painting she is currently working on.