From a very early age, Elisabeth developed a love and fascination with the outdoors. She was competent in riding and shooting and adored dogs - all of which were, at the time, considered male activities and attributes. It could be said that this fascination with masculinity would become a dominant feature of her art.
In 1977 Frink was elected a member of the Royal Academy. Her achievements also earned her a CBE (1969) and in 1982 she was created a Dame of the British Empire.
She also exhibited regularly, particularly at the Waddington Galleries and was an accomplished painter and etcher, illustrating Aesop's Fables (1967), The Canterbury Tales (1971), and the Odyssey and Iliad (1974 - 1975).