Elizabeth Quale O'Neill Verner is an American painter associated with the Charleston Renaissance. Her work is credited with helping spur the efforts to preserve Charleston's historic landmarks.
In addition to being a painter and an etcher, she was also the author of four books, most having to do with the history of Charleston. She worked in pastels toward the later part of her career, developing an innovative style of using the medium while visiting Japan. Her later works would refine her technique and it would become her defining medium.
Elizabeth Quale O'Neill Verner studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts after she exhibited considerable skill at a young age. She studied under Thomas Anshutz. Her personal style was one defined by making unflinching assessments of the world around her and rendering the beautiful as well as the commonplace and even the ugly. Her execution was remarkably realistic, nearly photographic in its exacting representation of the cityscapes and landscapes which she painted.
Verner's studio still stands in Charleston and currently houses many of her works. She was a prolific and dedicated artist who demanded much of herself. She worked until the late 1960's, when she was in her eighties, before finally producing her last pastels.