Elaine Searle

Seeking respite from the frenetic pace of her graphic design profession, an introduction via a friend to the outstanding botanical art teaching of Anne Marie Evans opened a door to a new and wholly absorbing world. One where speed was not a virtue, the computer not your task master and the reward for learning to really see and not simply glance at the natural world was joy and contentment.

She gained a diploma (distinction) in 2004 after studying with the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Next came a silver gilt medal from the RHS and two paintings selected for inclusion in the 12th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA. Her work was been selected for inclusion in The Highgrove Florilegium. She has taken part in two group exhibitions in London, one in Lincoln Cathedral and her work has been purchased by private collectors worldwide. The painting of Rhubarb shown here has just been jurored into the 16th Annual International Exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists at The Horticultural Society of New York.

Elaine works on paper and vellum, finding inspiration in a very wide range of subjects. Her watercolours are known for their subtly, focus on spacial depth and striking composition. Challenge her to choose what she believes to be her best painting and she will most likely say 'the next one – I hope'

Elaine lives in North Norfolk with her husband. Her passion for teaching botanical painting brings opportunities for travel throughout Europe and the USA. She also offers botanical painting holidays and a popular distance learning course. Details and further examples of her work may be found at her website www.paintbotanical.com

Rhubarb 'Glaskin's Perpetual'
Rheum x hybridum watercolour on paper
18 x 24 © Elaine Searle, 2013
Blue 'Mophead' Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla x Renate
watercolour on paper 18 x 24
© Elaine Searle, 2011
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