Elizabeth Burin was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in western Switzerland.  She holds a B.A. in Classics from the University of Cambridge and advanced degrees in Art History from the Universities of Paris-Sorbonne and Cambridge.  After completing her doctorate, she worked for seven years at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore as a curator in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books.  She is the author of various articles on  illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and of a book, Manuscript Illumination in Lyons, 1473-1530 (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2001).  She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Towson University and at Goucher College.

It was in mid-life that Elizabeth Burin turned to studio art.  She became committed to painting while earning a Certificate of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  She is a Signature Artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and belongs to several other regional artists’ organizations.  She lives with her husband in Baltimore and exhibits frequently in Maryland and online.