Elizabeth Mast

Elizabeth Mast


I have been making art as long as I have been able to hold a paintbrush, and my childhood doodles quickly turned into a deep love for art. Coming from a family of artists, I have been supported in pursuing drawing, painting, and creating by my loved ones and my community. I have explored charcoals, pastels, oils, digital media, watercolors and more, but my favorite medium is acrylic paints.  I have painted a variety of subjects but emphasize western landscapes. The Western United States has an incredible amount of beauty and potential for exploration, and I aim to capture this through my art.

I was born in Las Vegas and lived there until earning my Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science with a minor in biology. Growing up, my father lived in Incline Village, and I would visit him during school breaks. I dreamed of returning to the area filled with beautiful lakes and forests and moved to Reno in 2020. My love for the outdoors and feeling a need to be an active contributor to conservation efforts led me to continuing my education. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree studying ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at the University of Nevada, Reno. My research focuses on conservation of aquatic ecosystems through understanding biodiversity and connectivity. This perspective has led me to emphasize vividness, variety, and harmony in my landscape pieces. I have taken several art classes through school and have continued to paint as a form of expression and relaxation. I believe art is a great way to connect to your environment and everything living in it.

Additionally, as an avid hiker, skier, and rock climber, the drive to explore and have close-up experiences immersed in nature is something I hope to communicate through my paintings.  I love being able to intertwine my love for science, the outdoors, and art into meaningful pieces. I hope to capture a sense of awe of the outdoors through using bright and contrasting color schemes- leaving an impression of not only the physical view of the scene, but the vividness of the experience.