Elzette Bester grew up on a farm near Montagu, where she first learned about art at school. After school she did a short course in water colour with her great aunt, the late artist SannieOosthuisen. She studied Conservation in Cape Town and continued her art as a recreational activity. In addition to water colour painting, she also dabbled in cloth and ceramic painting as well as clay sculpting and mobile making.
Elzette has since been living in the Tsitsikamma for the past twelve years, working as a conservationist for SANParks. In 2010 she did a water colour course with Johan Brink and has since produced a number of paintings.
Her love for nature and her interest in the esoteric, both find expression in her art. She often gets her inspiration from scenes in nature, especially where aspects of light and shadow or reflection and silhouettes catch the eye. She is still experimenting with style and enjoys both realistic and abstract work.