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About

Elaine Searle is internationally recognised for her watercolour paintings of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Often described as ethereal and moving, her art challenges perceptions of contemporary botanical practice. It’s intent is not documentation but plant portraiture.

Searle is fascinated by light on form, textural contrasts and creating an illusion of depth.

Specimens are often commonplace rather than rare or exotic as she enjoys the challenge of revealing their unique personality. Her singular vision may focus on the back of a flower or the hidden aspects of bulbs and roots, intentionally cropping and composing to heighten theatricality. Ideas may gestate for years before being committed to paper or vellum using many layers and a limited palette of transparent pigments.
Invited Guest Lecturer
American Association of Botanical Artists
Big Sky Art
Chelsea School of Botanical Art
Chicago Botanic Gardens
Dutch Society of Botanical Artists
James de Candole, Transylvania Masterclasses
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
House of Illustration, London
Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Leicestershire Society of Botanical illustrators
Minnesota School of Botanical Art
New York Botanic Gardens
Society of Botanical Artists
Virginia Robinson Gardens, Beverly Hills
Group Exhibitions
2019
21st Annual Exhibition,
Filoli Historic House & Garden, Woodside CA.

2018
Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition,
Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany

The College Herbal,
Royal College of Physicians. London

2017
Amicus Botanicus
The Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk

‘The Tradescant Orchard’
The Garden Museum, London

2013
16th Annual International ASBA
at The Horticultural Society of New York

2010
Amicus Botanicus, London

2008
Amicus Botanicus, London

2007
12th International Exhibition, Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh PA
Membership and Awards
2019
Bourn Award for distinction with an emphasis on horticulture,
21st Annual Exhibition Filoli

Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists

2015
People’s Choice Award,
ASBA Annual Meeting, Miami, Fl

2013
Talas Award at 16th Annual International ASBA
at The Horticultural Society of New York

2012
Fellow of the Linnean Society, London

2008
RHS Silver Gilt Medal, London

2007
Member of American Society of Botanical Artists

2006
Diploma (Distinction) in Botanical Painting
English Gardening School, London
Collections and Florilegia
2017
The Huntington Library Collection, San Marino, CA.

2014
Virginia Robinson Gardens Florilegium, Beverly Hills

2012
Transylvania Florilegium
created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.

2008
The Highgrove Florilegium

2007
Hunt Instiute Permanent Collection, Pittsburgh, PA
© Elaine Searle 2019

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