Lillian Delevoryas was born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, USA in 1932. She trained at Pratt Institute and the Cooper Union in New York and then travelled and studied extensively in Japan, France and Greece before settling back in NYC to begin her career painting a series of large interiors.
When she came to London in 1970, her work had shifted to appliqué wall hangings and costumes. She established the Weatherall Workshop with Kaffe Fassett, producing award-winning tapestries which were exhibited in the V & A, the Royal College of Art and Courtauld House.
In the 80s, the floral watercolours developed into applied design: fabrics and wallpaper for Designers Guild, ceramics for Habitat and Royal Doulton, as well as cards for Elgin Court.
From the 90s onwards, inspired by her Orthodox faith, Lillian studied the the techniques of iconography, which led to works combining the iconesque with images of the world. Some of these works feature in her book Visual Contemplations, published in 2016.
Undaunted by disability, Lillian carried on creating, collaging elements of her past work with found images for the Expulsion and Mary Magdalene series. Having produced over 140 works in her final two years, Lillian passed away peacefully at her home in Bristol in March 2018.