Viewing an Ellen Skidmore painting, one cannot help but notice the luminous colors and delicate images filling her paintings. Music and nature seep into the heart of each work imparting a humble beauty to the canvas. To Ellen, life is a package, the good and bad, as the best of gifts.

     Born Baltimore, MD in 1963, she moved to Kentucky in 1981 where she attended a liberal arts college and later transferred to the University of Kentucky, receiving her BFA in 1988. The beautiful bluegrass and European travel were the perfect stimuli for her early painting endeavors.

Later,  she journeyed westward and settled in Sedona, AZ, where her daughter Coco entered the world, and then later to Bend, OR.  There,  the  eloquent skies and lofty mountains made a lasting impact on her work. In 2008, Kentucky called her back home where she now lives and works in the quaint town of Paris.   Visitors are welcome to schedule an appointment to visit Ellen’s studio & gallery.  New work on canvas, paper pieces, paintings-in-progress, and both framed and unframed giclees, are all available.  Her work is held in private and public collections across the United States and in Europe. 

In 2015, Ellen wrote and illustrated her first children’s book about growing up with a speech impediment.  She is now exploring new media for her work including a new line of children’s merchandise.