During her time working for Liberty Textiles, Elaine was asked to work on a bonsai tree design. She says: “The texture and intricacies of those trees - each one unique - was probably the start of my fascination with those giant protectors of the environment. The trees in textiles were always vibrant with weight and texture.”
She has long admired the work of Vincent Van Gogh, and the bold use of vibrant colours he is known for, trying to emulate them in her own work. She says: “On occasions I believe him like me to have a great respect for trees and the way they punctuate and protect our landscape.”
Elaine’s work is inspired by trees in nature, and she loves nothing more than spending time walking, sketching and photographing in the UK and European countryside, particularly the Italian Dolomites. Her husband is an international mountain guide who helped introduce her to the stunning landscapes which inspires her paintings.
She says: “What I get from painting is the chance to look at the world around me; be aware of the turning of the seasons and notice the incredible colours of nature. With landscapes I feel it is not so much an idea, but an ability to compliment what is already there.
Nature is the most beautiful thing in the world, yet we are so quick to destroy it. The vibrant colours I use in my trees make them much less likely to be passed over or ignored.”