Ellen was born in Charleston, SC, but for the last 30 years has lived and worked in Dartmouth, MA. Growing up in the south, on a coastline of miles of salt marshes, the land itself and the sense of place has always played a huge role in her work. Only recently, after years of living in New England, has this landscape begun to seep into her work.
To use a shamanic term, her work is about ”walking between worlds”. It is an attempt to see the unseen and to connect civilization and wilderness, conscious and unconscious, the mundane and the magical. That quality of being in an ordinary world, but also seeing and sensing the numinous always there just under the surface, is one that she seeks in her life and in her work.