Looking at Ellen Walton's work you can learn a lot about her work and passions. You can see evening sunsets over the water, an old stone bridge, the sun going down on a goat barn, and a little boy having fun launching his first boat in the water. Each scene conveys a sense of tranquility and solitude and evokes emotion.
Ellen is a very versatile painter who works in oils. Her landscapes, portraits and still lifes are influenced by her travel to various countries. Ellen invites the viewer on a journey to explore the small villages and travel the back roads with her.
Ellen Walton's personal journey as an artist began in her childhood. She showed a flair for art from an early age. "I was given a beautiful doll for my 7th birthday. The only way I could have different outfits for the doll was to take scraps of materials and turn them into dresses and pants. This gave me a sense of how to combine colors and patterns." Ellen's interest in art flourished, she evolved into designing clothes and home accessories, making jewelry and art dolls.
In 2000, Ellen arrived in Santa Fe. Little did she suspect she would end up becoming an oil painter. With over 200 galleries, several art schools, and being one of the largest art markets in the U.S., there was plenty of incentive for a beginning artist and she was quickly hooked.
Ellen uses bold colors to excite the viewer and to share her artist energy of everyday life and the beauty around her. She takes time to find the emotions and the sensitivity in what she paints. Ellen has taken workshops and studied with noted artists such as Julie Ford Oliver, Johanna Harmond, Joe Breza, Carol Allison, John St. Peter, and Kandy Tate.
Ellen's work can be found in private collections in such far-flung locations as New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, Maine and Virginia -- even on a boat traveling the intercoastal waterway.
Helping women and children improve their lives is a commitment of Ellen's. She gives 100% of her profits from the sale of her art to charities that work toward the goal of helping people help themselves. One of her charities, Accion, links her website to theirs to help raise money so their clients can purchase laying hens for eggs to sell at the market or used sewing machines to enable a seamstress to make clothing to sell.