Born in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a hop over Redmont Mountain in Birmingham, MacQueen grew up under the huge shadow cast by the 56-foot monumental sculpture, Vulcan, the god of beneficial and hindering fire,  representing the city’s steel industry in the last two centuries. She was regaled with haunting stories of molten metal involving her great grandfather fictitiously falling into the cauldron of molten steel while inspecting the quality, James William McQueen, who was President of Sloss Sheffield Steel and Iron Company from 1918-1925 until his death from pneumonia in The Waldorf Astoria Hotel during an International Steel Business Conference. Innovation runs in the family as McQueen invented the by-product coke oven recycling this product into energy and saving African American workers’ lives from the deadly fumes.
While writing of this Artist, MacQueen’s brother, Julian Bruce MacQueen, Founder of Innisfree Hotels, is flying his new Hondajet around the world breaking Aviation History in speed and distance, with his wife Kimberly Gimmel MacQueen as co-pilot.
Hidden in Elizabeth MacQueen’s DNA were innovation and primordial molten metal waiting to be discovered.
Involved in the arts of dance, set design, piano, choreography as well as being a champion athlete, Elizabeth’s mother decided to help her harness these many talents into focus and drove her to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, to see its art program. Looking at her first European life-size sculptures surrounding the grounds and atop the grand columns and arches, MacQueen expressed her overwhelming inspiration to her mother;
“If I can create just one of these then my life will have been worthwhile.”
What MacQueen did not understand then, but would come to realize a few short years later, is one was not enough.
Circumstantial, going full circle, MacQueen is finishing up a Glass Mosaic Project involving Ringling and their Students for installation in Sarasota, September 2017.