Amicus Botanicus

Elaine Searle

Since January 2016 Elaine has been Course Director of the Diploma in Botanical Illustration and Painting at The Chelsea School of Botanical Art. She is a fellow of the Linnean Society and a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Eryngium alpinumElaine holds an RHS Silver Gilt medal and received the Talas Award at 16th Annual International ASBA Exhibition at The Horticultural Society of New York.

Her work is included in The Highgrove Florilegium and The Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation and has also been selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince's School of Traditional Arts to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.

Working on paper and vellum, she finds inspiration in a very wide range of subjects. Her watercolours are known for their subtlety, focus on spacial depth and striking composition.

Her painting on vellum of heritage plum ‘Kirkes Blue’ has just been accepted by jurors for an exhibition at the Garden Museum, London which will reopen in Spring 2017 following extensive redevelopment.

She travels widely in Europe and the USA to teach short workshops and also offers distance learning courses online and botanical painting holidays.

Details and further examples of her work may be found at her website

Prunus domestica 'Kirke's Blue’