Elaine originally trained at Liverpool Art School and graduated with a BA Hons in Graphic Design and a PGCE in Art and Design. After a 25 year career as an Art teacher and lecturer, she now pursues her own work and enjoys the challenges of a rugged and windswept landscape and the fleeting effects of light on colour which impacts strongly on her work in both felt and paint.
Her work primarily draws inspiration from the foreshores and estuaries around the west coast Britain, the mountains of Cumbia, Snowdonia and the Peak District moors. She sets out to record the distinctive patterns and textures of the land created by changing tides, weather and light.
Working initially in sketchpads, she begins with drawings and colour references on site, developing this work back in the studio using British and Norwegian pure wools, flax, linen and silks. Her work also includes paintings which stand alongside the fibre work to provide the viewer with greater insight into her relationship with the great British landscape