Mary Ellen Taylor

Contemporary Botanical & Nature Art

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Mary Ellen was trained and licensed as a naturalist guide by the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station from 1982-87.

The privilege of calling the Galapagos her home, guiding throughout the archipelago and living in a tiny lava-stone house in the mangroves on the edge of Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island shaped Mary Ellen’s path henceforth.

The Galapagos Islands

After two decades of earthquakes, volcanic and political eruptions, divorce, raising a beautiful and bright daughter, a handful of creative business opportunities and forging incredibly special and lifelong friendships . . a chance came to pursue Botanical Painting at The English Gardening School in London – an adventure in itself.

In 2008, Mary Ellen returned to the Galapagos Islands to paint a commemorative series for Charles Darwin’s 200th anniversary of habitat relating to the six most endangered birds in the Galapagos – a small step in giving something back to such a special place in her life.

Working closely with Galapagos Conservation Trust, London, Mary Ellen has raised awareness in the public eye for this critical situation and donates a percentage of her artwork and notecard sales to support Galapagos projects managed by GCT.

Mary Ellen has also contributed her illustrations to a multilingual field guide Galapagos: A Guide to the Animals and Plants, published in 2011 by Nigel Sitwell.

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Galapagos Penguin