Lotus McElfish

"Although I may paint many botanical subjects, I always come back to my favorite subject: the beautiful, ethereal wildflower. When I see a field of wildflowers, it takes my breath away."

A grant awarded in 2005 by the American Society of Botanical Artists led her on a marvelous journey of documenting Rare and Endangered Plants and today she still engages people with her art for conservation, education or eco-tourism purposes. She participates in many art festivals with her husband which further helps educate the public about botanical art and native plants. Lotus recently completed a series of paintings portraying the healing herbs of the Mexican Curandero and Partera traditions with a solo show at the Rockport (TX) Center for the Arts in 2016 and at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos in 2017.  In 2017-2018 this series was also represented in an exhibit by the Texas Medical Association called “Deep Roots”- Botanical Medicine from Plants to Prescriptions.

The Department of the Interior Museum, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, and the Naples Museum of Art have shown her paintings. Her work was juried into a published book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, with an exhibition of accepted paintings at the US Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C.  In 2014 she was chosen as a Merit Artist of the Year at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport TX and two of her paintings were in the traveling exhibition, “Rare II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado” for last two years.  In 2018 she won first place as Comal County Artist of the year by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council and her artwork of the Autumn Sage graces the cover of ‘The Herbarist’ a journal by the Herb Society of America.

Born in Colorado, Lotus resides with her artisan husband, Victor Summers, in the Texas Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio.