About Ellie

What I consider my earliest mature paintings (averaging about 5 by 6 feet) were abstract and about active bold brushwork– specifically employing expression and movement in a very physical search for freedom through the act of painting. My current work is smaller and usually at least metaphorically representative, exploring narrative, metaphor, color and brushwork.

For some time I have been working in two major directions: figurative/metaphorical and more or less abstract landscapes. But for the last several years my focus has been the abstracted landscapes. Occasionally I create a mixed media sculptural piece or a woodcut. But for the most part, I’m a painter.

My figurative art has been variously described as “soulful”, “dream-scapes”, “internal landscapes”, and art you can “feel in your gut”. Perhaps all apply. I look to explore emotional experiences using color, brushwork and sparse, iconic imagery that often draws from nature but has little to do with naturalism.

In the fall of 2009, I began a series of small, more or less abstract landscapes done mostly with knives. My landscapes had their genesis that year in a particularly vibrant fall leaf season. Each day I would walk to my studio through the glowing woods and arrive there with a head full of staggering color. My inescapable mission in the studio became mixing, immersing myself in, and slathering that color onto canvas. “Landscape”, besides being the source of my inspiration, was a simple, flexible, and often very loose format within which I could explore color and texture in themselves. Later, various landscape phenomena worked themselves in as well– shadow, silhouette, contrast, and pattern among other things.

Recently, my landscapes often combine geometric and natural forms, particularly trees, as well as a focus on surface qualities such as mark and texture. I’m enjoying the way I can work with landscape and abstraction simultaneously. Imposing one form onto the other brings a bold strength to the landscape, and, conversely, a delicate naturalism to the abstraction.