Liz (Sikes) Richter was born in Paducah, KY and raised in rural Southeast Missouri. Although she received her degree in art education, she is a mostly self-taught painter. Liz taught art for over six years before pursuing opportunities as a freelance artist, muralist and illustrator. Her work expresses an innate perception of beauty and a desire to engage with the public outside of the traditional gallery setting. She layers symbolism with color, repetition and pattern while contemplating the feminine and divine. Historical references and storytelling are often infused into the narrative. Although primarily focused on painting and drawing, Liz also explores wearable art, printmaking and other mixed media.
In 2016, she expanded into larger public art projects, completing a 1300 sq. ft. mural in Hikes Point and becoming one of only a handful of female muralists in Louisville. In 2017, she was chosen for both the New Albany Kroger and the Google Fiber mural commissions through Louisville Visual Art. She views large-scale works and community live-paintings as an opportunity to draw the audience into the joy of the process, and engage younger artists, to empower the next generation of creatives. She has said, "I just want to cover the whole world in so much color that you can't hear or think anything but positivity."