Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal

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Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal, also known as Elizabeth Sweetheart, was born Elizabeth Eaton in Nova Scotia in 1941. She is a fine artist, fabric designer and is well known as the "Green Lady of Brooklyn" for her love of the color green, which she constantly wears and decorates her home with.

Early life[edit]

Elizabeth Eaton was born in a small coal mining town in Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] She was raised by her grandparents in a log cabin near the Bay of Fundy.[2] Her grandmother taught Elizabeth to paint and to make clothing.[2]

She attended Mount Allison University where she studied fine arts with the renowned Canadian painter Alex Colville.[1]


Not able to find appropriate work in Canada, Eaton hitchhiked to New York City in 1964. Arriving at the New York Unemployment Agency with only a pillow and her sketchbook, she was immediately sent for a job interview. She got a job working in an art department in the garment center.[1]

In 1987 Eaton established her own design company, SweetPea Design Studio, which she ran for 15 years. She then ran a small art business in which she focused on expanding and selling fabrics from her well-stocked collection of vintage design fabrics.[1]

Eaton is a fine artist who, in addition to creating hand-painted prints for top clothing designers such as Michael Kors, Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, American Eagle Outfitters and Ralph Lauren,[1] she makes tiny, finely painted watercolors.[2]


Known as the "Green Lady of Brooklyn" Eaton not only always wears green, but her home is furnished and decorated in a variety of shades of green. She has donned green, from head to hair, in bright lime green since about 2000.[2] She always wears overalls, and has about 30 pairs, all dyed green.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Eaton married Robert Rosenthal, also an artist, in 1966 or 1967. They have one son, Sam Eaton, who is a mentalist.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e McAfee, Tierney (24 July 2011). "Who's That (Green) Lady?". Carroll Gardens Patch. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Kilgannon, Corey (4 December 2015). "The Green Lady of Brooklyn". New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b Goddard, Joanna (18 February 2008). "One Is the Loveliest Color". New York Magazine. Retrieved 10 December 2015.