Program Participant, Elizebeth Tong

Elizebeth Tong, the lead artist of Crimson Art Henna, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and has lived in the South for most of her life. Since she was a child, she has been fascinated by cultures around the world, and has sought to learn as much as she can about each of them. Cultures of the Far and Middle East especially interested her, as the food, clothing, music and customs were so different from her own. Her creative side has been a dominant factor in her life, and doodling on any available surface was a favorite pastime of hers while she was school. A friend in high school, whose family was from India, introduced her to henna, and she was hooked for good. She learned different techniques and styles, and devoured as much information about henna as she could get her hands on. She has been doing henna professionally since 2002. Always interested in new ways to adorn the body, she graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in metals and jewelry, where she also took classes in drawing, 2-d design, and oil painting. She currently resides on a small farm near Athens, Georgia with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of animals.