Artist Ellen Downe is a graduate of Georgian College.She has, explored many different types of media, from fibre arts,and quilting, to painting on tinware and found objects, and now fine art on canvas.
She has participated in many shows, over the years,including the Uxbridge Art in the Park, the Markham Art in the Park, the Newmarket Artisan's festival, and several shows at the Sharon Temple. She has also displayed her work in galleries such as the Georgina Art Centre, Yo Media, Zephyr Art Gallery, a one-person show at the Aurora Town Hall, and the Women's Show, and the Landscape Show, both at The Orillia Museum of Art & History.
In 2007, Ellen won the Newmarket Heritage Award for her painting of Fairy lake, and in 2012, she won the Lakehead Award for Excellence, at the Franklin Carmichael Landscape Show, at The Orillia Museum of Art and History.
I have always thought of art as another language, and my paintings as a conversation.
My inspiration is my garden, a nearby lake, and nature allaround me. I see pictures and patterns in everything, and I am inspired to share what I see.
My newest venture is no further away than my own backyard; I am painting the flora and fauna from my garden. I believe that we have some serious concerns to deal with, in how we are interacting with our environment,especially with at-risk species such as the Monarch Butterflies, and the bee population. My hope is to bring these concerns to the public eye, by showcasing them in my paintings.