About the Artist - Suzanne Ellis
I paint wildlife and nature because I want to share the mystery and unbelievable beauty of the natural world. Painting is how I pray for and celebrate what I love.
I paint with acrylics and use my own photos for reference. I have traveled to many wild places to study and photograph the animals in their natural habitat. Also, my daughter, Dawn Walstad, lets me use her photos.
My father, Mel Ellis, was a writer and naturalist. He was my first teacher. The dust-cover painting I did for one of my father's books, "Notes from Little Lakes," won the Addy Award for best book cover, 1995-1997. I also illustrated this book and another book my father wrote: "The Land, Always the Land."
I had my first solo shows in July and August of 2004. I displayed my work at the Richard C. Anderson Gallery located at Land's End in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. I presented my work at a second show in July and August of 2006 at the UW Arboretum, Madison, Wisconsin.
Other shows followed:
Creative Edge Gallery, Mazomanie, Wis., June 2008
Mount Horeb Spring Art Tour, Dane County, Wis., June 2009, 2010, 2011
Zoobilee Zoo Fund Raiser, Madison, Wis., 2010
Firefly Coffee House, Oregon, Wis., January 2015
Wyoming Valley School Cultural Art Center, Spring Green, Wis., August 2015
First Friday Art Walk - Downtown Coffee Grounds, Lodi, Wis., June 2016
I attended workshops with John Seerey-Lester, Paco Young, and Julie Chapman. John Seerey-Lester and Paco Young are well-known artists who specialize in nature art. Julie Chapman is a successful wildlife artist who lives in Montana. All three of them inspired me to continue painting.