Evolution of an artist

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM.

Emily Ellis is an artist with an unusual wish list: she regrets that she was not born with gills.

"I have always wished I had fins; I love water," said Ellis.

Ellis got in touch with her primal roots at an early age when she first began painting and created an almost imaginary friend that has wings and appendages.

Ellis's first grade teacher noticed that the budding artist's paintings were different and called a conference with her parents. 

"She told them that my paintings were just different. She didn't know if they were bad different or good different, but just that they were different," she recalls.

So, at age 9, Ellis's parents enrolled her in art classes in her hometown of Enterprise , Ala. , and during her high school years, the school created classes for her.

"I was so young and my parents were so encouraging," she said. "I am lucky to have a supportive family."

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