Mary Ellen’s appreciation of all things natural is a direct result of her privileged life amongst the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, extraordinary flora of the Andes and the magic of verdant English gardens.
After two decades in South America Mary Ellen moved to the UK to pursue a diploma in Botanical Painting at The English Gardening School. After completing the course, she became the School’s Course Manager and is currently the Administrator of The Chelsea School of Botanical Art at the Chelsea Physic Garden.
In 2008, Mary Ellen returned to the Galapagos Islands to paint a commemorative Charles Darwin series of habitat relating to the six most endangered birds in order to raise funds and awareness for this critical situation in the Galapagos. The completed paintings were exhibited and now archived at The Linnean Society, Burlington House in London.
Mary Ellen was commissioned by the Chelsea Physic Garden to paint a small series of ‘Butterflies at home’, has sold her work internationally, is an elected fellow of The Linnean Society, a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and is now working on paintings that may be selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.
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