Ellensue first started to express herself with paint in the early 1990's. She studied trompe l’oeil and painted furniture and tableware. The experience of painting realistic detail inspired her to paint realistic contemporary portraits. When she paints portraits and figures, in oils, she aims to bring out the character, emotions, personality and spirit of her subjects.

As her skill and experience evolved, she expanded to watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink. Ellensue enjoys painting in watercolor because she can explore the faces of marionettes capturing imperfections of these hand-made objects, and the transparency and bleeding of colors that capture her vision.

Her eagerness to grow and confront another challenge propelled her to paint vintage dolls. She was struck with the facial expressions, imperfections, uniqueness and fine details of the dolls and aspired to capture all of it by painting close-up portraits of these life-like objects.

Her most recent series is 12 portraits of old friends, old in every sense-without makeup. She has also recently completed larger scale paintings of dancers.

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BORN
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

STUDIES
Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland
Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 Annual Juried Show, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
2009 Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009 Annual Juried Show, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
2011 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2012 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 Juried Show, Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2014 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2014 On the Edge, Looking with New Eyes, Artists’ House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2014 On the Human Form: The Measure of All Things, Artists’ House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2016 Fleisher Art Memorial, Student Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2017 Fleisher Art Memorial, Student Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

HONORS
2009 WAC Student Award, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
2013 Honorable Mention, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2016 Student Advisory Council, Honorable Mention, Fleisher Art Memorial
2016 Still Life, Landscape and Fidgure Painting, Honorable Mention, Fleisher Art Memorial
2017 Still Life, Landscape and Fidgure Painting, Honorable Mention, Fleisher Art Memorial