L iza’s understanding, knowledge and
involvement with horses began during her childhood in England and
Switzerland. She channeled her passion into creative expression at the Hornsey College of Art in London and,
subsequently, the Otis Institute in Los Angeles. Upon completing her
studies in 1979, she embarked on a professional career as a sculptor.
Since that time, Liza has become
recognized as one of the foremost equestrian sculptors. Her most
notable private commissions include: Northern Dancer, Seattle
Slew, John Henry, Secretariat, and the half life-size memorial of
Nashua for Spendthrift Farm.
In 1999, in keeping with
Switzerland’s most beloved animal, the cow, Liza was commissioned by
the village of Gstaad to do a life-size calf in bronze for its town
The English racing historian John
Farley included the work of only two
modern sculptors of the last 45 years in his authoritative book, Great
Racehorses in Art. One was John Skeaping; the other was Liza
Todd-Tivey. Her innate understanding of horse anatomy has been compared
with that of master artists such as George Stubbs.
Following the tragic events of
9/11, Liza created a life-size rescue dog descending onto a base of
actual rubble from the World Trade Center. The first (of an edition of
two) is in a private collection in upstate New York. The second was
donated by Theresa Santmann to the campus of the Farmingdale State
University on Long Island.
Liza’s work has been exhibited in
galleries throughout the U.S. and
Europe. Many of her pieces are in reputable private art collections and
on display at respected horse farms.