Elizabeth Patch
Elizabeth PatchIllustrator & Writer
During her career as a high school art teacher, Elizabeth Patch overheard hundreds and hundreds of girls talk about hating their bodies, and watched in vain as a favorite student died from anorexia. Her illustrations and writings evolved from sketchbooks she kept while struggling with her own eating disorders. Elizabeth is committed to creating positive, fun images that reflect a diversity of body types.

Elizabeth Patch has a BA in Drawing, an MA in Painting, and post-graduate studies in Digital Media. She is married with 2 children, 3 step-children and a big orange cat. When Elizabeth is not making art, you might find her practicing yoga, sewing, knitting, or chasing animals out of her garden.

Q: Elizabeth, what is the purpose of your art?
A: I work to promote positive body image for all sizes.

Millions of images of women flood our world.
Many of these images portray very thin bodies with nearly impossible ideals of youth and beauty.These images have a powerful influence on what we believe about our own bodies!

Statistics show that the majority of women today are larger than previous generations.
These are women we know and love: our mothers, sisters, co-workers, friends, and yes, even ourselves.Yet there are very few positive images of larger women and girls.

Women of all sizes do amazing things every single day!
I hope my illustrations add some fun and friendly images to the mix,
and my writing adds another voice to the many who speak up about
the serious issues of body image, weight stigma and negative stereotypes.

I hope to make people of all sizes smile!

Women should be measured by the life they lead, not by the size they wear!


Interviews with Elizabeth Patch

“For an inspirational, feel-good hit, check out Elizabeth Patch. A wonderful blend of charming illustrations and love yourself affirmations.”
” Bless you for your work, Elizabeth! I applaud your brand of activism through art…”
“With touching prose and sweet illustrations, her lovely, inspiring work demonstrates the power that comes from feeling comfortable in our own skin. Elizabeth has captured the essence and joy of living an abundant life!”
“Elizabeth, thank you. If I could give women therapy in art form, it would surely be through your drawings, which give us images of real, magnificent, and gorgeous women owning our bodies, our power, and our incredible life-force. I recommend your work to every woman I know who has ever thought she was anything less than fabulous.”
“The illustrations are beautiful and inspiring and should be hanging in museums as a tribute to well-rounded women everywhere.”
“a charmingly succinct, illustrated collection of meditations on self-image. It’s the antidote our diet-obsessed culture so desperately needs, encouraging women to live in the present, embrace health and happiness, and feel beautiful at every size.”
“From the serious to the slightly silly, Elizabeth’s observations about women and the way we treat our bodies will have you re-thinking every criticism you’ve ever applied to yourself.”