Ellen works primarily in oils and pastels. She loves plein air painting because it allows her to be outdoors, taking in all the beauty and diversity of the Northern California landscape. True enjoyment comes from painting the marshlands and highlighting areas along the Pacific Coast, capturing the light as it spreads across a scene. Color is very important to her and represents the abundance and richness of life. Her use of color shows vitality and reflects positive moments in time. Her goal is to brighten up a living space with her paintings.
Ellen has been a California resident for 20 years, but grew up outside of Boston surrounded by relatives who were artists. While at Syracuse University, she earned a B.S. in Business and a minor in art history then began her career in finance. It wasn’t her two children were older that she returned to her love of art and art history. She began taking art classes in 2010 and had the opportunity to study with Jim Smyth and Brigitte Curt. Ellen has studied with Will Maller, Bill Davidson & Jeanette LeGrue who have been great art mentors.
Ellen is an award winning artist and a Signature Member of the Society of Western Artists, NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society”, Laguna Plein Air Painters, Los Gatos Art Association, American Impressionist Society, Outdoor Painters Society, California Plein Air Painters and the California Art Club.
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