Ellen’s work shows up in magazines and other press from time to time.
From her talk at the Business for the Arts of Broward series
Ft Lauderdale, FL, September 25, 2015
Eventing Nation – “Ellen: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice”
“Once upon a time …” So many of us grew up with fairy tales, and perhaps dreaming that one day they’d come true in real life, but how many of us could turn our own story into a magical children’s book that not only charms but also bears a valuable lesson for all ages?
Artist Ellen Skidmore has done just that with the recent publication of her autobiographical children’s book, Ellen, The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice. Born with a severe stutter and a deep passion for horses and dogs, “I came out of the womb pony mad”, Ellen found herself working at The Thoroughbred Training Centre in Lexington, Ky, in her twenties, and it was there that she met Harvey, a big, gorgeous 17hh bay three year old TB. Read The Full Article Here
Art Book and Book Exhibit
Recent Book Signing:
From the Archives
Recent Works by ELLEN SKIDMORE
CROSS GATE GALLERY
509 EAST MAIN ST.
For those who have read but never quite grasped the color theory espoused in Joseph Albers’ book, “Interaction of Color”, Ellen Skidmore has explained it for us in the 22 paintings on display at Cross Gate Gallery through December 26th.
After having gone to the opening last night, I had to venture downtown again this morning to see her work in the light of day. I was curious if the colors that I had seen were as luminous, mysterious and magical in sunlight as they seemed at night in Cross Gate’s well lit gallery. In Albers’ tome he explores the subtle differences of color that affect one’s perception of opacity and occlusion. Skidmore aptly demonstrates her skills with color creating pale transparencies and lilting fabrics flowing through the space.
Skidmore’s delicate, fragile figures swim buoyantly through the canvasses; the frames barely limiting the worlds that she creates with colors that come directly out of her imagination. Her work is a testament for a definition of talent as opposed to ability.
At first glance “whimsy” comes to mind, although whimsy is far too superficial a term for the emotional connection that these works evoke. Through a tapestry of patterned fields, Skidmore’s work shows both grand sweeping movement and the small gesture of a child’s tiny hand stroking a horse. While the effect of the gardens of color seem spontaneous and fresh, it’s hard to imagine that Skidmore could lay in the myriad of textures, lines and shapes and still create an overall image so powerful without careful planning- but that’s where her genius lies. Her colors are musical tones with the keyboard of a piano imitating a fine lace.
I couldn’t drag myself away from each work without a bit of sadness that I would probably never see these pieces again. Permanent museum collections provide a certain security that one can relive the experience reliably. Not so with a group of treasures like this. You’ll only have a couple of weeks to relish these, unless you are fortunate to capture one for yourself.
– Sally Phillips