Nature's complexity draws the viewer into serenity.
Step through artist Ellen (Ellie) Fuller’s door to discover a unique sanctuary where tranquility resides and art, design, nature and beauty merge. It is here in Ellie’s studio, located fifteen minutes north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, that you will escape the stresses of life as you are drawn into paintings that leave you feeling refreshed and nourished.
In this fast-paced electronic world, Ellie’s hope is that her paintings will encourage the viewer to pause, reflect and notice the beauty that surrounds us and reintroduce the onlooker to the natural world, bringing a sense of connection and renewal. Ellie’s paintings allow you to see that nature’s beauty lies in its intricacies and minutiae. Since her inspiration comes from nature she is constantly surrounded by things she wants to paint. Her paintings arise from the joy she feels when experiencing this diversity. Animals, birds, stark skeletal trees and dramatic landscapes lure you in with their intimacy and detail. Through Ellie’s paintings, you enter into a sacred space as an invisible witness.
Ellie’s lifelong practices of Qigong, Tai Chi and meditation translate into an energetic flow and personal expression in her paintings. She understands the fruits of concentration and reverence. Each brushstroke is infused with Ellie’s sense of peace, serenity and soulfulness, and there is a palpable transference of this energy from the painting to viewer.
Over the years, Ellie has spent much time in solitude examining things closely. When asked about the way her observations translate into brushstrokes, Ellie has stated: "Drawing or painting an ordinary object I realize how extraordinary it really is, a sheer miracle. I become relaxed and alert. Words recede and the awareness of the passage of time fades away. I instinctively merge with the animal or bird and it is then that I feel a profound understanding of its world as well as the interconnectedness of all living things."
Excellence in Realism is Ellie’s goal and her paintings have to be accurately rendered. After taking many photographs of her subject matter she spends hours drawing numerous sketches. She sequesters herself in her studio, connecting to a space deep within her heart. The painting then reveals itself. As an artist she understands the crucial role of surrendering to the work, to its possibilities.
Her latest theme is trees. They are wisdom keepers, faithfully witnessing the unfolding of time. Examining the lives of trees offers critical insights for human wellbeing and survival, showing us when life thrives or falters. We must preserve the environment, and respect and protect wildlife.
Ellie was awarded the grand prize for her painting Great Egret in American Women Artist’s on-line show. This painting was featured in International Artist Magazine Oct/ Nov issue 2018. She was then asked to do a progression of her painting Wood1(also called Insanity because of the intricate detail) which will be coming out in an article in the same magazine in 2019. Her work has been shown at the Haggin Museum, Tuscon Desert art Museum, and Bennington Center for the Arts.