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I strive for my paintings to engage the viewer and evoke a sense of connection, create a stillness that transports the onlooker to a tranquil space. Each painting is unique and an expression of that mood or energy expressed at that time.


Ellen has been a California resident for 20 years, but grew up outside of Boston surrounded by relatives who were artists. After earning a B.S. in Business and a minor in Art History from Syracuse University, she then began her career in finance & venture capital. It wasn’t until her two children were older that she returned to her love of art and art history. In 2010, she was introduced to plein air painting and started taking classes and & attending workshops. She has had the opportunity to study with several noted artists including Will Maller, Jim McVicker and Bill Davidson.


Ellen works primarily in oils, studying landscape and marine subjects on location.  This allows her to be outdoors, taking in the nuances, beauty and diversity of Northern California. True enjoyment comes from painting the marshlands and highlighting areas along the Pacific Coast, capturing the light as it spreads across a scene.

Ellen is a Co-Chair and Artist member of the California Art Club, San Francisco Region, member of the Salmagundi Club, a signature member of the Society of Western Artists (SWA), and the Monterey Plein Air Painters Association, a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPs), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), the Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), and the Plein Air Painters of Colorado. (PAAC). Ellen has also been juried into 107th & 108th Gold Medal Exhibition with the California Art Club, American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase 2018 & 2019, Featured Artist for Mendocino Plein Air Paint Out 2016 & 2018, “Best of America” NOAPS national exhibitions 2016 and 2017. She has also received Honorable Mentions from the Capitola Plein Air Festival 2018, Frank Bette Paintout, 2018, Monterey Bay Plein Air Artists (MBPAA) and the CPAP Annual Exhibition in 2017, National Juried exhibitions include OPS 2015 & 2017, and PAAC 2017.  She was one of 19 artists for the “Northern California Impressionism” exhibition at Peninsula Museum of Art.


Ellen has been an instructor at Art Attack for the past 4 years teaching oil painting classes. She also teaches plein air workshops in Mendocino and at Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA. Ellen’s work has been showcased in the October issue, 2016 of Plein Air Magazine and the September 2017 issue of Art Collectors magazine. Ellen regularly writes blogs for OPA and her own monthly newsletter.​

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