My work is about the insufficiency of words in communication, and unspoken or inarticulate experience.
Working mostly in abstraction with water-based media on paper, the work emerges from interactions between elements of observation/abstraction, drawing/painting, visual/acoustic, beauty/trauma, articulated/unsaid and intuition/ideas.
My art classes in Oxford and online have gained a reputation for being both adventurous and supportive, encouraging participants to experiment from observation to abstraction.
Formerly I was Visiting Lecturer in Life Drawing at Winchester School of Art and Visual Arts Therapist at The School of Life, London.
A BA and Masters in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art came after a cross-disciplinary background in literature and psychotherapy. And my work is still informed by literary and forest mythologies, spirituality, philosophies about how we know what we ‘know,’ and psychotherapeutic understandings of what can and cannot be said. And, in landscape, a profound sense of place.
In 2020, during lockdown, I received an Arts Council England grant for the ‘Artists At Home Residency’ in association with Jelly, Reading, to develop my Birdsong Perceptual Field project.
I’ve exhibited widely in selected exhibitions including with the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Bath Society of Artists, art-house-life, Ventnor, Symbiosis at Darle and the Bear, Woodstock, and The Old Lock Up Gallery Cromford.
Ella is happy to accept commissions.