Liza Todd Tivey
Liza’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 square.
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.