My photos and paintings focus on the depth and variety of colors and patterns in the natural world. I enjoy capturing the small details that may be missed such as droplets of rain catching the light, the transparent nature of an autumn leaf or light catching a spider’s web.
I’m originally from a small seaside town in the North East of England. I was introduced to watercolor and acrylic painting in high school and photography at art school while studying Illustration. Through my degree course in illustration at art school, I went from traditional realism watercolor to experimenting in a variety of materials including collage and printmaking. During my second year I was lucky to be able to spend 5 months in France as an exchange student, which influenced my work and broadened my experience. After art school, I moved to London and tried to keep up painting in my spare time while working in a variety of jobs. I got the chance to be involved in a variety of mural and public art projects in Brussels and London. In 2010 I was a chosen artist for the Elephant Parade project, which involved over 250 artists painting life-size fibreglass baby elephants with designs that would be displayed around London. I also participated in smaller personal and group exhibitions in galleries in South West London and Norwich, showing paintings and mixed media collage.
Over the last few years, I have become more focused on developing and relearning skills in photography. Many of my photographs are from travels to the US and from London and Scotland.
Since moving to the US in 2012, I’ve also started experimenting with wire and beads and making jewelry and I enjoy experimenting with color combinations of different beads. I enjoy having a creative outlet and also living in Somerville and being part of the vibrant and diverse community here.
I recently participated in my first exhibition in the US, a group show in Salem Old Town Hall. The show, Artspeak:Awaken, was to raise funds for a local non-profit called Amirah, which supports survivors of commercial exploitation.
In May 2014, I will again be participating in Somerville Open Studios at Arts at the Armory with my husband, Aaron Ellerbee who will be doing 5-minute portraits. You can see some of his work here www.aaronellerbee.com
Thank you for taking a look at my work, I hope that you enjoyed it. Please feel free to contact me via the contact page if you are interested in a commission or have any questions about my work.