Ellen grew up in Jackson, Mississippi.
New York Studio School, New York, NY: Drawing Marathon, June 2005
Maine College of Art, Khatadin Wilderness: Painting Workshop, October 2004
La Escuela Sevilla, la Antigua Guatemala, 1996
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1994-1995
Colby College, Waterville, ME, 1990, BA, Religion
Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy, spring, 1990
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, summer 1989
University of Southern Main, Stone Coast Writers’ Workshop, August 1989
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1987-1988, Studied painting under Jere Allen
Recent and Notable exhibitions
Traveling, Multi-Artist Show, Stennis Flag Themed, Ongoing
Mississippi State University Union Gallery, Solo Show, 2019
Haven Gallery Jackson, MS, with Rachel Misenar, 2019
Pearl River Glass Gallery, Jackson, MS, Solo Show, 2018
Museum of the Mississippi Delta, with Lacey Johnson, 2018
E.E. Bass Center, with Bottle Tree Studios, 2018
The Cedars, Jackson, MS, with Scott Cook, 2017
Rosenzweig Arts Center, Columbus, MS, Solo Show, 2016
Delta Arts Alliance, Cleveland, MS, Solo Show, 2016
American Folk, Asheville, NC, with Shawn Ireland, 2015
Fischer Gallery, Jackson, MS, Solo Show, 2014
Mississippi Children’s Museum, Solo Show, Visiting Artist, 2013
Mississippi Arts Commission, Solo Show, 2013
Hot Tin Roof Gallery, Memphis, TN, Solo Show, 2012
Doma Gallery, New York, NY, Solo Show, 2011
Turnrow Gallery, Greenwood, MS, with Robin Whitfield, 2010
Wye Mills, Maryland, Artist Retreat, 2009
REcent teaching workshops and demonstrations
University of Mississippi Medical Center Permanent Collection: Library, Student Union, and Wiser Hospital for Women.
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran
Vicksburg, MS Mayor Lawrence Leyens
University of Massachusetts Associate Vice-Provost Joan Becker
Former White House and Camp David Interior Designer Joanne Bartlett
Former Chief Sound Engineer at Ford Motor Company, Alex Gorodisher
The Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, MS
Award-winning journalist Casey Parks, of the New York Times, Glamour Magazine, and the Portland Oregonian
Various Private Collections nationally, as well as Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom
An artist native to Mississippi, I build images with oil or acrylic of the physical and psychological spaces and connections between church and tree, child and dog, blue and orange.
Whether commissioned, working from my heart in my studio, or painting on location, I am driven to communicate with layers of color and texture until each image becomes its own and I can move on. Several paintings at a time are always in progress, and I move back and forth as each piece develops at its own pace. I try to paint a playful, and often joyful, outlook on life. I have always painted and as it has become my primary work, it has become my way of storytelling.
After years away, studying and making art, it has been in returning to Mississippi that my work has found its rhythm and become highly narrative as I try to make sense of the race, class, religious, cultural, mixed up gumbo of this place. I've become a parent in this post-Katrina war time, and this is having a profound effect on my thoughts and my work.