Evolution of an artist

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

Ellis went on to earn a degree in fine art from Auburn University , where her teachers tried to sway her toward commercial art, telling her that was the only genre in which to earn money with an art degree. But Ellis found herself miserable in commercial art classes and switched back to fine art and photography.

Through the years she has continued with her initial gut feelings in creating artwork and continues to paint mostly animals she sees in magazines. Her primal friend has stuck around through the years also, but it has evolved to take on a more human and up-right form.

Ellis is the featured artist of the month at Coastal Branch Library this month in a solo exhibit she calls "Decadal Evolution," as a tip of the hat to the show's content.

The exhibit is made up of 25 of Ellis's works that span through four decades of Ellis's adventure in establishing herself as an artist, including some of her very early work created during her high school years. 

Ellis's subject matter continues to revolve around the natural world, which she sees as abstract and organic.

She prefers to paint the world she sees in neutral shades.

She also prefers to do large paintings, which she began doing in grad school, and has begun working with free form. She describes free form as having a straight top edge with a bottom shredded edge of form and canvas.

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