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The Artist

Elizabeth Mary Miles - or Liz, as she was known by her friends – was born in Pontcanna, Cardiff, UK, in 1928.

After she left school, she took a job in the post-war years working for the Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, which was then situated in Cardiff Castle. It was here that she met the musician Tony Lewis, who was organist at St John the Baptist church in Cardiff city centre, assistant organist at Llandaff Cathedral, and later principal lecturer at the college.

 

After marrying in 1951, Elizabeth set up her own art studio in which, after a short period working in oils and watercolours, she began to create panels using metals and resin, combined in a unique and innovative style.

Her career began with exhibitions at the Royal Ulster Academy, Royal West of England Academy, Birmingham Festival, Pwllheli Art Gallery and Albany Gallery in Cardiff., and began to flourish In the mid-60s when her work was exhibited at the popular Llandaff Festival.

Liz found an intriguing beauty not only in precious metals but also in the more mundane by-products of manufacturing processes, sourcing offcuts of copper, brass, bronze and stainless steel from factories, including some of the major firms who commissioned her work. 

 

While she wasn't creating panels or jewellery, Liz and Tony enjoyed touring France and Spain in their orange Volkswagen Camper which they kept for 30 years.

Her other interests included tending to her small but delightful garden, learning Spanish with a circle of close friends, and enjoying good food and wine.

Despite various health issues, Liz remained mobile and strong, refusing to give up her pleasures of life, until she passed away peacefully in her sleep in 2014.

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