Elizabeth A. Smith was born in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Liz spent a number of years in Wisconsin before moving to Los Angeles, CA. She lived and worked at the Santa Fe Artist Colony and co-founded FakeSpace LA, an alternative artist space. In 2010, Liz relocated to Kansas City, MO with her family.

Liz currently works in her studio in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, and continues to exhibit her work.