Ellen has done art as long as she can remember and has been a teacher. She is passionate about learning, creating, and sharing her art experiences. Since 2013, she has focused on creating monotype prints, acrylic paintings, and book arts. She loves nature and her work is inspired by it. She loves studying color, horizon lines, different perspectives, and subjects. When creating landscapes, she is fascinated by where the land meets the sky, allured by the halo between them, until you see only the sky above. Ellen also enjoys painting florals and foliage and using colors with many shades and angles of light.
As a teen, Ellen took art classes that lead to her first job teaching art and science at the Palo Alto Junior Museum when she was 16. She did undergraduate work at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA with an emphasis in art and also studied Visual Arts, Psychology, and Southwest Native Culture, focused on Ceramic Sculpture. After attending Evergreen, she moved to Portland, OR to make a living as an artist. After starving for several years, she decided to go to grad school at Western Oregon University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education and teaching endorsements in special education, art education, and reading. She always integrated art into my lessons and life, and after her 35-year side trip, she went back to doing art.
Ellen has had previous exhibits at various galleries and art fairs in the Northwest and recent shows at Mt. Hood Community College, Artists Outstanding in their Field, ORA NW Jewish Artists, Congregation Nevah Shalom, and Mt. Hood Art Online.