Based in England, Elizabeth Shields studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, followed by a Diploma in Portraiture from Heatherley School of Art, funded by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Bursary. In 2011, Shields was awarded the Heatherly School of Fine Art Summer Exhibition. Shields has since exhibited her work extensively at The Daggett Gallery, Mall Galleries and The Broad Gallery. Shields's self-portrait was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2011.
Shields believes firmly that a painting 'should breathe, it should have a sense of fluidity, it should change at different times of the day and respond to your different moods.' In her self-portrait, Shield's captures a timelessness sensibility, finding the infinite in the everyday, posed stridently, hand on hip before a window.