2020 course dates May 10 - 15th
Award winning botanical artist and tutor with many years experience, Elaine lives in Norfolk near the East coast of England. With a world-wide reputation, she tutors many workshops in the USA, and is well known for her fabulous botanical art holidays in Italy. This will be her first course with BIG SKY ART, and we are delighted to be able to welcome her at a significant time of year - just a week before the Chelsea Flower Show.
Elaine says: ‘I consider myself a botanical artist rather than illustrator. The intent of my plant ‘portraiture’ is to reveal the character of the sitter, be they shy beauty or thumping thug. Some describe my work as subtle and moving.
I sometimes choose to focus on flower backs or roots as I think this helps the viewer to reconsider the commonplace.
Directing light to enhance or disguise form, texture, colour and detail allows me to add drama. I also enjoy manipulating the illusion of space, building paintings in complex layers (think stage sets) with compositions which may crop.
When not painting I love to travel and teach. I have a passion to introduce botanical art to as many people as possible’
“Botanical art can help us to slow down, focus on the present and enjoy nature”