Early in Ellen’s career, her love of texture led her to a fascination with crocodiles and alligators, and for a time she as known as the “Alligator Lady”. At one point, the urge struck to create a full sized crocodile. Kitchen chairs and table were cleared out to make room for a bench and large bucket of clay. The result was a very convincing seven foot long “croco-gator” that sadly did not survive the firing process. With several changes in technique, two large scale creatures now keep her company in the garden.
Her most recent work has focussed on botanical textures and impressions. While working with three dimensional forms Ellen rarely uses a template. She prefers instead to find the shape within each piece of clay, searching for the graceful lines and feminine shapes she is known for.
Her work is sold in BC and Alberta, and has found homes around the world.