Monday, March 15, 2010

Rosie Sanders and Her Elephant Go to Town

Rosie Sanders, the acclaimed Devon based botanical artist, is painting flowers all over a life size model elephant as part of the ELEPHANT PARADE LONDON 2010. This colourful conservation project is being run in association with 'Elephant Family', the conservation charity set up by Mark Shand. The money raised will inject funds into key conservation projects across Asia.

The elephant, made of fibre glass, stands over four feet tall and is one of 200 that will adorn the streets of London in May and June this summer. All elephants are being painted voluntarily by famous artists including Marc Quinn and Jack Vetriano, and Rosie is among them. Rosie has chosen to paint Vanda orchids. One sits over his eye, three others on his side and back, the leaves wind themselves down his tail and legs.

All elephants will be auctioned on June 30  at Sotherbys and each artist will receive 15% of the proceeds, the rest goes to the Elephant Family Campaign.

Rosie has taken a break from work for her bi-annual one man show, Flowering, coming up at Park Walk Gallery from 9 - 26 June 2010. Her theme this time is one of change and flux, and the show centres on the flower’s life and decline in to graceful demise. The exhibition showcases Rosie’s large scale paintings of flowers painted from life.   She works in bold and saturated colours in watercolour on Arches

paper and is considered to be at the cutting edge of botanical art.

If you would like to donate to the elephant campaign, please see

Rosies London show runs from 9 -26 June, Private View 8 June, at JONATHAN COOPER, PARK WALK GALLERY, LONDON SW10 OAQ.

To see the rest of Rosie's portfolio, go to

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