Elizabeth Clayman grew up in South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, spending her summers on Cape Cod. She received an MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College in New England and University College London. She currently lives and works in the UK.

She worked in archaeological museums and academic institutions in Philadelphia and at the Institute of Archaeology, London as an archeological illustrator drawing artifacts for books, journals, and publications. She then spent some years as a director and designer for a technology start-up producing designs for web-based media applications.

She works in a variety of mediums and her work is influenced by a range of diverse areas including cellular structures, natural forms, topography, fragmentation and patterns. As well as exhibiting in the UK and US, she is involved in cross-media artist collaborations and running workshops.