Lotus McElfish has a passion for endangered and native plants. She brings that excitement into her teaching with hands-on workshops and private tutoring for adults. Lotus works in graphite pencil or watercolor and renders her subjects to create a 3-D tonal representation. Live botanical specimens are used and in situ. She offers Nature Journaling to adults and children, exploring the "naturalist" in everyone. The common journal becomes the tool for scientific observation, and is a catalyst to learn about plants, animals, birds and insects. Her classes hone skills in a range of media.
Lotus shares her adventurous journey of finding and creating plant portraits, particularly the Rare and Endangered Plants of Texas. She was invited to speak at the Department of the Interior Museum in Washington, D.C., followed by a workshop on graphite pencil techniques. In 2011 one of her works was juried (out of 2,500 entries) into "Blossoms II-Art of Flowers" show at the Naples Museum of Art. She continues to use her art to communicate conservation and educate landowners and the public about native, rare and endangered plants.