Elizabeth Murray began attending figure drawing classes at Sharon Art Studio under Virginia Banta. She became Virginia’s studio assistant after attending classes for several years and developing a true passion for figures. During that time, she studied drawing and painting with Bob Gerbracht until he retired. Her background is in theater, primarily lighting and costumes. She worked in New York professionally for nine years and moved to the Bay Area. She managed the soft goods department for the San Francisco Opera. She returned to school at San Francisco State to study animation, focusing on environments. She wanted to learn to figure draw so she could create characters for her animations. She discovered that she loved drawing figures and painting far more than spending hours on the computer.