ES-book-01Most 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 opened 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 encourage them to follow their passions.

Events for children and families kicked-off the art exhibition and book launch when it opened. The text of the book was mounted below each painting., which were placed in the same sequence they appeared in the book. Children old enough to read, walked through the exhibit to read the book and experience the artwork full scale; others were read to by their parent as they looked at the paintings.  A cocktail reception with the artist was held later in the day. (See video here)


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ELLEN: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice

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Artist Ellen 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. She is a smart little girl who wants to fit in and be as “perfect” as the children around her appear to be. She learns that her happiness is found by focusing on the things she loves rather than dwelling on her frustrations. Learning to paint liberated young Ellen and her love of animals made her life so much happier. This book will appeal and comfort children and adults with disabilities and encourage them to listen to their heart. The 60-page book is illustrated by 28 paintings in her distinctive style – full of luminous color and delicate but whimsical subject matter. 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.
Ellen Skidmore, Author; Edited by Fran Taylor and Designed by Suzanne Dorman 
Published by West High, LLC
60 pages • Hardcover • 9-1/4” x 8-1/4”  • $24.95/USA

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Gallery of Paintings by Ellen Skidmore as She Shares Her Story for the Book

ELLEN: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice brings to life artist Ellen Skidmore’s struggle to communicate with words. She is a smart little girl with a severe speech impediment who wants to fit in and be as “perfect” as the children around her appear to be. She learns that her happiness is found by focusing on the things she loves rather than dwelling on her frustrations. Learning to paint liberated young Ellen and her love of animals made her life so much happier. This book will appeal and comfort children and adults with disabilities and encourage them to listen to their heart and accept those things they cannot change.

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