Elisabeth Gevaert was born in 1935 in Antwerp into a wealthy family. She was the middle of three girls. Her childhood was characterized by residence in Catholic girls’ boarding houses in Belgium and Switzerland. For the educators she was a difficult child who preferred to draw. In 1956 she moved with her mother to Hamburg and briefly attended classes in the graphics department of the Academy, where she met her future husband, the graphic artist and painter Karsten Brunckhorst. In 1966 she started painting. Her work expresses her love for architecture and travel, later also intriguing human situations in an atmosphere of solitude, works somewhat reminiscent of Edward Hopper.