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.

     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.

     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.