With a foundation in Architecture from University College London’s The Bartlett and a BA degree in Interior Design from University of the Arts London’s London College of Communication, Elspeth Cornish is a self taught watercolour artist with a background in Design after her education in the best design schools in the UK. This combined with her family heritage in Fine Art, her mother is Christie's Contemporary Artist Helen Eltis, gives her work a unique quality.
As a contemporary botanical painter she harnesses her art to celebrate nature. Recent collaborations include with “Stockholm Loves Pollinators” and the British Embassy in Sweden (2019) where she created a collection titled “Painting for Pollinators” which were exhibited at the Ambassador’s Residence at the Queen Elizabeth II birthday celebration and International Biodiversity day. These sold to leading Swedish art collectors including a member of ABBA, the H&M family and International Diplomats.
Born in Cambridge, UK (1985) Elspeth had a diverse upbringing, growing up on the islands of Tortola and St John in the Virgin Islands as a small child and then in the pristine natural jungles and forests of Costa Rica with her artist mother before returning to the UK at the age of 11 to live with her father and receive a formal education at St Mary’s, Cambridge. She believes her love and attention to nature stems from her early childhood in these beautiful countries as well as her teenage years living in the Cambridgeshire countryside on land that had been passed to her father from his farming father and mother.
At 18 Elspeth went to UCL to study Architecture, encouraged by her parents who wanted to her pursue a stable career. However, art was already her passion. She then went on to work in leading Interior Design and Architecture firms (NBBJ, Gebler Tooth Architects) before returning to University of the Arts in 2012 to complete a degree in Interior Design. Upon graduating she was immediately offered a job in the Cotswolds at an Interior firm called Pavilion Broadway which lead to her designing beautiful residential properties.
In 2016 she moved as a love migrant to Sweden, following a handsome swede. In 2017 they married and in 2020 they welcomed their first child.
Interior Design BA | London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London BA 2:1 (2012-2014)
Foundation in Architecture Design | The Bartlett, University College London (2003-2005)
Fine Art, Art History & Spanish A levels | Hills Road Sixth Form College (2001-2003)
High School | St Mary's School Cambridge (1996-2001)
Exhibitions & Experience
Art & Form Gallery, Stockholm - Gallery representative in Sweden (from 2020)
Garden Trilogy Series, Private Residence, Djurgarden, Stockholm, Art Commission (2019-2020)
Queen Elizabeth II Birthday at the British Ambassador's Residence, Stockholm, Art Exhibition (2019)
International Biodiversity Day, British Ambassador's Residence Stockholm, Sweden, Solo Art Exhibition (2019)
Stockholm Loves Pollinators, Art Collaboration (2019)
Fairmont Hotel, Interior Design Assistant at Bono Solutions, Sweden (2018)
Hilton Hotel Design, Interior Design at Living Design, Sweden (2016)
Marriott Hotel Design, Interior Design at Living Design, Sweden (2016)
Icomb Grange, Icomb, Oxfordshire, Interior Design & Art Commission at Pavilion Broadway (2015)
Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, Interior Design at Pavilion Broadway (2015)
Composed Music Played on BBC Radio Introducing (2014)
Chelsea Art Society, Summer Art Show, Society's Group Exhibition (2013)
Shoreditch House, Interior Design Assistant at Gebler Tooth Architects (2008)
Cuna del Angels Hotel, Mural Painting in Costa Rica under artist Helen Eltis CCA (2007)
Royal House of Saud & Art Contact Ltd, Art Commission (2007)