At 31, Elizabeth Sutton has already made it on her first Forbes list and has been dubbed the “artist and designer to know right now” by Forbes. Her vibrant Pop Art creations have drawn comparisons to Andy Warhol and her entrepreneurial prowess has landed her amongst the first 250 nominees selected to Forbes inaugural Next 1000 list, a roundup of the top up and coming small business entrepreneurs in the United States.
In the five years since Sutton established herself as a professional artist, she has garnered a dedicated fanbase with 56,000 followers on Instagram and clients such as Andrea Bocelli, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Karolina Kurkova, Pitbull, and Iris Apfel (Sutton’s art is likely one of the few things Pitbull and Iris have in common). Her fine art and designs have been featured in Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing”, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Forbes, Entrepreneur and others.
Sutton’s award-winning design work has exploded into the commercial space as well; she has collaborated with Joe & the Juice, Janovic, TileBar, and the Raynor Group. In 2018 she launched a fashion capsule collection with Bari Lynn Accessories, which was featured in Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday campaign.
In spring 2020, Sutton launched her podcast, Success by Design, which focuses on resilience and entrepreneurship. This new window into her life compliments her lifestyle blog, a forum for her to offer an intimate look at her creative process and life, like sharing favorite recipes and entrepreneurial advice. Sutton is set to launch a member only program on her lifestyle website which will focus on business tips, recipes, art technique tutorials, and will be accompanied by a modular program including templates developed by Sutton’s company.
Beyond her multi-faceted career, Sutton is passionate about empowering women—she is a single mom of two—and the New York City community, as she is a sixth-generation New Yorker. Sutton has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for institutions like City Harvest, 92nd Street Y, ArtStart, United Hatzalah, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.
Sutton is truly an artist for our time, with art spanning all industries and media, a relentless drive to pursue her dreams, and a dedication to lifting people up. “Life is not always rainbows and butterflies,” Sutton likes to say. “But my art is.”