Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday Featured Artist : Suzanne Ellis

This Friday's Featured Artist is Southern Wisconsin artist, Suzanne Ellis. PaintAmerica has been lucky to have three of her paintings juried into our competitions. Her "Ghost of Wildcat Mountain" (above center) was juried into the 2007 Paint the Parks. Suzanne's "Heart of the Mountain" (above right) was recently juried into the 2007 PaintAmerica MiniTop50. This years PaintAmerica Top100 Grand Prize Winnner was Suzanne's "Badger State of Mind" (above left).

Suzanne Ellis paints with acrylics and uses her own photos for reference. Her father was a writer and a naturalist. He was her first teacher. The painting Suzanne completed for one of her father’s books, “Notes from Little Lakes”, won the Addy Award for best book cover, 1995-1997, in Madison, Wisconsin.

She had her first solo show, July and August 2004 at the Richard C. Anderson Gallery, Land’s End in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Another show followed in July and August 2006, at the UW Arboretum, Madison, Wisconsin. She has taken workshops with John Seerey-Lester, Paco Young, and Julie Chapman.

"I paint wildlife and nature because I want to share the mystery and unbelievable beauty of the natural world. Painting is how I pray for and celebrate what I love." - Suzanne Ellis

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