Ellen currently divides her time between Philadelphia and New Orleans. She holds a degree in Exercise Physiology, Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
She recently completed her certification in Contemporary Practices Certification Program at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Her work has been shown in over 50 juried national art shows, invitational and solo exhibitions. She has had her work juried into LENS magazine dance issue. Her work is included in Leslie-Lohman Museum Collection, William Way Art archives, private collections all over the country. She has been juried into the National Association of Women Artists. Throughout her career Ellen has photographed a wide variety of subjects and styles with an emphasis on the popular cultural events that identify communities. Her work has appeared in local newspapers in New Orleans and Philadelphia. Ellen has been invited to photograph for the LGBTQ community at multiple events. Because of her keen eye and innate ability to anticipate movement, Ellen is often invited to photograph theater venues throughout the area. Several years ago, Ellen took up the study of Yoga and Buddhism. These spiritual studies have shaped how Ellen lives her life, interacts with her surroundings and most importantly, how she photographs her subjects. Ellen photographs with a mindful pause, allowing time to connect with world around her. She seeks to tell the stories of those she meets, recognizing that we are all mirrors of each other.Statement
“Wherever you stand be the soul of that place.”Rumi
Being the soul of whatever place you stand means deciding that as you enter a room you will brighten that place. It means spotting the lonely and keeping them company, it means finding opportunities to express gratitude, it means listening compassionately, speaking authentically, and having the courage to be vulnerable. It means infecting others with my joy.
My photographs, my art work is created our of these beliefs. The LGBTQIA community has always had to defend their beliefs, their identity, often not completely understanding themselves who they see in the mirror. My work tells the stories of this community, my community, viewed with an eye into their soul, and therefore into mine.