One of Scotland's greatest artists, Elizabeth Blackadder was born in Falkirk in 1931. She studied at ECA from 1949 until 1954 under Robert Henderson Blyth and William Gillies and enjoyed travelling scholarships to southern Europe and Italy. In 1956 Elizabeth Blackadder married artist and fellow Scottish Gallery exhibitor John Houston and began teaching in Edinburgh.
Elizabeth Blackadder wass the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. Her work can be seen at the Tate Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has appeared on a series of Royal Mail stamps. She was appointed an OBE in 1982, promoted to DBE in 2003.
Elizabeth Blackadder held her first solo show of watercolours at Bohun Gallery in 1981, the same year as her major retrospective which travelled the country.