Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Elaine Funnell, ASA, CSPWC


Elaine Funnell, Beets



Working from life, my watercolour and graphite paintings accurately capture the fine details of the native Alberta plants I depict, blending fine art and science reminiscent of the early botanical illustrators. While my paintings are depicted from a personal and artist perspective, they are botanical art and must be scientifically accurate and true to the origins of the genre.

The addition of small insects that adorn most of the paintings create a more whimsical and playful element to the work. Their inclusion also illustrates the environmental connection between beneficial insects and the plants upon which they thrive. It is my desire that my work will draw attention to the importance of plants, to our survival and the need to save and protect the carefully balanced ecosystems that involve us all.


'Viburnun opulus' Seasons - High Bush-Cranberry #3

Elaine Funnell, ‘Viburnun opulus’ Seasons – High Bush-Cranberry #3

Q&A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Elaine: My influences come from nature. Native Alberta plant life, trees, shrubs and flowers offer me a wealth of inspiration through the changing seasons.
ASA: What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?  
Elaine: The body of work I consider to be the most successful to date would be my seasonal studies of Alberta’s native plants, shrubs and trees
'Populus balsamifera' Seasons-Balsam Popular#6

Elaine Funnell, ‘Populus balsamifera’ Seasons-Balsam Popular #6

ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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