Batik by Marina Elphick, UK artist specialising in Portraits.

Exotic Forests Hum with life

New Batiks and paintings by Marina Elphick

Batik portrait of Huaorani Girl, batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Huaorani  Girl, batik by Marina Elphick

I am inspired by the colours, textures and endlessly wonderful designs of nature, realised perfectly in tropical forests and jungles. Having travelled around Costa Rica, visiting several national parks, volcanos and cloud forests, I have vivid memories and helpful photographic reference.

Huaorani Girl orchid detail, batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Detail of Orchid and purple throated Humming bird, batik on cotton by Marina
Hibiscus close up, batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Close up of Hibiscus flowers, batik by Marina
Huaorani Girl, batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Detail of earring, Huaorani  Girl, batik by Marina Elphick
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Batik detail of Red Cattle Heart butterfly

Recent travels to Cambodia’s Ankor Wat region, where the jungle has taken over the ancient Temples, creating surreal and marvelous new landscapes, never fail to remind me of the amazing capacity of plants and nature. So too Indonesia, Bali’s lush vegetation, glorious colour and shapes, sculpted rice terraces with coconut palms and banana backdrops; these all provide inspiration for me.

Hummingbirds and Passiflora batik.batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Humming birds with Passion vine, batik by Marina Elphick

The work I have illustrated here is only the start of a new theme that I am working on and will include batik and paintings; but also I hope to use textiles and embroidery more in future projects.

Long Tailed Sylph with Hibiscus, batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Long Tailed Sylph with Hibiscus, batik by Marina Elphick
Long Tailed Sylph with Hibiscus, batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Detail of the Chimera Bird wing butterfly and brown hopper on Hibiscus flowers. Batik

I worked on a series of oil paintings and pastels of Humming birds to complement the batiks and achieve finer detail in their tiny feathers.

Red throated Broad tail Hb 1
Red Throated Broad tail, oil on canvas
Purple Woodstar 3
Purple Woodstar, oil on canvas
Red Tailed humming bird 2
Red tailed humming bird, oil on canvas
Empress Brilliant small
Empress Brilliant, oil on canvas
Red Tail pastel 2
Red Tailed Humming bird with Hibiscus, pastel on paper by Marina Elphick
Evening Nectar, Pastel 3 autoxx
Evening Nectar, pastel on paper
Passion Pastel. batik portraits by Marina Elphick
Swallow tail and Passion Flowers, pastel on paper
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