It's been my pleasure to work with Ellen over the past 20 years. In the beginning, I was awestruck with her imaginative use of the human form to create fascinating narratives. Her sense of design and application of surface detail and texture provide a vibrant, lifelike animated composition whether in relief or in the round.It's been powerful to see her work touch so many lives over the years. Through her art and her teaching she has opened the eyes of countless people to the possibilities of expressive form.
Public Art: West Eugene EmX Extension
Ellen designed several of the local wildlife and landscape cut metal panels for the new EmX rapid transit system stops located in west Eugene. She was one of seven artists that made up Art Thread, the group that designed 21 of the 26 new bus stops.
Featured Work: A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance was installed in the public meadow at Riverbend Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 2008. This fanciful troop of five life-sized stilt walkers, celebrates the equilibrium and interconnection of life and health. The sculpture takes a loving look at the relationship between young and old and the animals that share our lives.
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As a lifetime resident of Oregon, I was born in Portland and received a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from the University of Oregon in 1994, studying under Paul Buckner. I have taught figure sculpture and drawing at Lane Community College for the past 14 years and recently as a guest instructor at Oregon State University. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this tradition through teaching. My bronze work is cast in Eugene by Reinmuth Bronze Studio, and displayed in several northwest galleries.