Ellen is a peninsula native who brings a wide range of experience to the Peninsula Museum of Art. Primarily an oil painter and educator, she has worked in graphics, commercial art, and publishing. With a background as a credentialed art teacher, and fourteen years as a lecturer in art education concepts at Notre Dame de Namur University, Ellen is the present Director of Education with the Peninsula Museum of Art. Additionally, she serves as a member of the PMA Curatorial Committee.
Ellen holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology, NDNU; earned a California Teaching Credential in Art, NDNU; a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a minor in graphics, NDNU; and an AA degree with certificates in Automotive Technology, Skyline College.
She lives in San Mateo with her husband, two large cats and a box turtle named Ezra.
My painting style tends towards representational, not exactly realistic. I am taken with vintage items and utilitarian tools and gadgets, and have been known to produce many works in oil that depict tools, eggbeaters, old cameras and the like. There is always something interesting to paint. Occasionally I escape into landscapes, I’ve done a few portraits, and sometimes I like to cut up old paintings and things that “need some work” and find myself looking at an abstracted version of something that at one time, was not. I have a great time teaching too!