Lizzie Thurman’s African/Orient experience began in 1985, after leaving Central Saint Martins. The Arts Council sponsored Thurman to take part in a trip through Egypt, culminating in an exhibition of work, staged at the Egyptian Embassy, London. Thurman produced a series of paintings and printed textiles and was subsequently approached by Paul Smith to design a collection for his stores in London and Tokyo. She went on to produce collections under her own label for a number of years, before entering the world of publishing.

Between 1987 and 2005 she worked and travelled extensively as a stylist, producing stills for editorial and advertising.  In 1991 she travelled to Madagascar, East Africa and Indonesia, recording her experiences through drawing and painting - this period proved to be hugely influential offering the opportunity to deploy her colour palette in a commercial context.  In 2003, with a diversity of design experiences behind her, Thurman embarked upon a series of paintings that took as their main theme the contradictions of race and culture - Africa continues to be her main source of inspiration. 
Lizzie Thurman lives, works in Shropshire and exhibits regularly in London.