Ellen has been painting and drawing all of her life and has studied textile and surface design since 1973. She has worked with such notable artists as Joan Sterrenberg at Indiana University and Barbara Meeker at Purdue. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University.
In New York, Ellen worked on textile designs for companies such as Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Anne Klein and Givenchy, as well as producing her own line of table linens for Marshall Field & Company in Chicago. She also lectured on printed and dyed textile techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Aside from painting and textile design, she has applied her surface design techniques to furniture, stationery, hats, jewelry, umbrellas, and display projects. Most notable of these are the windows of Tiffany & Co., the kinetic animal sculptures at BALLY’S in Atlantic City, and the animal sculptures and mobiles at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
Her work is influenced by her interest in pattern, color and ornamentation and their relationship to the inner self. Ellen is especially interested in the healing power of art.