Elizabeth Laurent Montague is my full birth name though I also often go by “just” Elizabeth Montague. Either way, I know my name is a mouthful. Here’s a little history of the names that I have gone by in my life. From the day I was born in Ventura, CA until I went away to college in 1979, I went by the nickname “Buffy”, my mother said she called me that because my hair was buff colored. When I moved to Santa Barbara from Ventura for college (and basically because my parents kicked me out), I didn’t feel comfortable with the name Buffy anymore, at the time the name Buffy had a preppy connotation, and I certainly did not want to be associated with that, being that I liked to think of myself as an experimental artist and musician, a part of the Santa Barbara underground. So I started to go by the name Eliza, that lasted for a couple of years and then I just started going by the name of Elizabeth. Laurent was my godfather James’ last name. My last name Montague, I just recently found out, has Irish roots, as far as I can tell, my great-great-great-grandfather Montague came to the United States from Ireland at some point prior to 1830.
I grew up on the beach, but also traveled extensively at a young age. Inspired by current and past art and music and the World art and history experienced during my early travels, I then studied fine art, design, music, animation, film, video and writing at the University of California in Santa Barbara and at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, I graduated from CalArts in 1988. I started making and performing music in 1980 in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. I’ve shown art in Los Angeles and in New Orleans starting in 1986.
I continue to write, make art and music, when time permits, but mainly these days I spend nearly all my time in graphic, motion and sound design, working in Ventura County, CA. My design business website is DSIGNWRX. There you will find my graphic design portfolio and design blog. Here are some mostly old photos of me over the years and here’s links to my various art portfolios.