Mary Ellen

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Portrait and pet artist

Mary Ellen has lived and worked in the Lehigh Valley all her life. She graduated from Kutztown University in 1972 with a BS degree in Art Education and taught art for 3 years, before redirecting her career to commercial art. In 1986 when son Daniel was born, Mary Ellen decided to work as a free-lance artist out of her home.

From 1960 until 1983 her artwork revolved around three main areas: drawing, oil painting and calligraphy. In 1983 she came upon colored pencils while searching for a medium to create a portrait of a very delicate blonde little girl, for which oil paint seemed to harsh. Colored pencil very quickly became an important part of her work, allowing for the combination of drawing and calligraphy in the same artwork.

Portraits in oil or colored pencil are done in various styles; the classic formal style, an animated informal style set in an environment familiar to the subject, and a designed illustrative style which tells a story with a number of drawing combined into one large composition.

Mary Ellen loves people and animals, and art is her way of transmitting that love to canvas or paper.

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