Evolution of an artist

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

 And as for her fondness of alien creatures, she says her more recent works are more realistic, and she has begun collecting photos of animal eyes in various media.

"Sometimes I take parts and pieces of different work and then put them back together in a new creation. It’s all kind of abstract. And I have no problem with people seeing what they want in my artwork," said Ellis.

Several pieces of her artwork have won awards.

One piece's inspiration was a narrative of a story about a spider and a measuring worm. When she exhibits this painting, she includes the story.

"I function better as a visual individual rather than a verbal one. In many cases my works are visual solutions to verbal problems," she said.

Ellis has made her home on five acres of Lake Powell in Inlet Beach for 20 years. She paints from home in her working/showing/studio gallery with the oils she has always preferred.

"This area is my stomping grounds," says Ellis fondly. "My grandmother used to chaperone dances at Butler Store in the 1920s. I would come down here and airbrush T-shirts for tourists. Creating art is the result of something in me that I've had to do. It has to come out. And, photography is a big inspiration."

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