Biography: Elaine Searle

Elaine Searle

Photo of Elaine Searle (head shot with painting)
Elaine Searle

Elaine holds a BA Hons in Visual Communication. After a long career as a designer, she retrained, and in 2005 graduated with Distinction from the Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration at The English Gardening School, Chelsea, London (now known as Chelsea School of Botanical Art). She lives in the small Georgian town of Holt, near the North Norfolk coast, one of England’s most beautiful places.

Shortly after graduation Elaine was awarded a Silver-gilt (SG) medal by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and had work selected for The Hunt Institute permanent collection. In the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) 16th Annual International exhibition, her painting of Rhubarb won the Talas award. She is one of the artists included in Volume 1 of The Highgrove Florilegium. In 2012, she was invited to be part of the first group of botanical artists to paint wild flowers at Zalanpatak, a village of only about 150 inhabitants deep in the wooded countryside of Transylvania in central Romania. Three of her works were selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania to preserve a record of the flora of Transylvania.

Elaine's passion for teaching, inspired by her mentor Anne-Marie Evans MBE, has led her to offer an online distance learning program, painting holidays in Italy, and workshops at all levels for the ASBA and many other institutions throughout the USA, UK, and Europe. In 2016 she went full circle and became a Course Director of the Diploma Course at Chelsea School of Botanical Art (CSBA).

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Last modified: February 18, 2018
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