Launch to Take Place August 22 in Aspen for Ellen Skidmore’s Latest Exhibit and New Children’s Book ELLEN: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice

Lexington, KY (August 5, 2015) – Most people take for granted the ability to speak and to quite literally “say” what’s on their mind. It becomes second nature. For a small number of people, it is neither easy nor automatic. Communication is a constant struggle. Artist Ellen Skidmore is one of those people.

Skidmore tells about her difficulties growing up with a severe speech impediment in a children’s book called ELLEN: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice. The book is illustrated by 28 paintings in her distinctive style – full of luminous color and delicate but whimsical subject matter.

“This project was simultaneously one of the most difficult and rewarding challenges for me as an artist,” said Skidmore. “Telling my story and, perhaps more importantly, deciding how best to illustrate it, flooded me with memories and brought me to a greater understanding of who I am as a person.”

An exhibition of Ellen Skidmore paintings that illustrate the 60-page book will open at Forré Fine Art in Aspen, CO, on August 22 in advance of the national launch of the book. Skidmore hopes parents will read the book to their young children to help them accept who they are – especially if they are considered to be “different” from other children – and to learn to follow their passions.

“We are delighted that Ellen chose to launch her book and exhibition at Forré & Co,” said Anna Forré, owner/director of the fine art gallery. “She has quite a following in Aspen and her art is appreciated for its uniqueness and how it endears itself to the viewer.”

In an unusual twist, events for children (11am-2pm) will kick-off the art exhibition and book launch when it officially opens on August 22. The text of the book will be mounted next to each painting.  Children old enough to read, can walk through the exhibit to the read the book and experience the artwork full scale. Skidmore will also do readings from the book and talk about her love of art, music, dogs and horses, representations of which she incorporates in many of her paintings. A cocktail reception with the artist will follow later in the day (5-7pm).


     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. She lives in central Kentucky with her daughter Coco.

     As a stutterer she discovered the non-verbal communication experienced in painting and the affirmation found when being with horses both incredibly liberating and profoundly grounding. Her work is held in private collections across the United States and in Europe.