Ellen studied sculpture and ceramics at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. After a long career teaching art in the Scottish Borders she moved to Elsrickle near Biggar and had set up a studio there.
She exhibits all over Scotland and is a Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland and Society of Scottish Artists.
“Inspiration for my work is drawn from the immediate landscape and its changing forms. I build abstract representations of plants at transition points in their life cycle and also of the landscape as it adapts to change from natural forces. After initial drawings I work directly with the material. There is an unpredictability in the process which makes it particularly exciting.
The sculptures are modelled in clay and fired to 1200o. I wanted the pure white colour to emphasise these organic forms.”
These ceramic sculptures can be displayed outside as well as inside.