Ellen is a Michigan native, and a graduate of Calvin College. She started her career as an Art teacher in the Michigan schools in 1979. She taught children from kindergarten through adulthood, other teachers, and lectured at such places as Michigan Art Educators Association and the University of Michigan. She was also instrumental in bringing quality Art education into classrooms and starting Art Education programs in schools that had none. Ellen was the forerunner in integrating Art into classroom curriculum and has had the opportunity and pleasure to work with and train many student interns in the Art Education field.
In 2004, Ellen moved to SW Florida and was a founding member of Harbour View Gallery and a member for 9 years. During her tenure at Harbour View, she served on the executive committee, promotions committee, helped establish Standard Operating Procedures, and was the treasurer for 6 of those 9 years.
Additionally, Ellen became a member of DAAS Art Gallery in Fort Myers, FL. where she assumed the Treasurer position as well as exhibiting her paper castings.
Recently, Ellen moved back to Michigan to be with her children and grandchildren.