As a child in Maine, Ellie was greatly influenced by the visiting
Art Teacher at the one room school she attended and wanted
to be able to create “real” paintings when she was older, but
that was a long time in coming. Her artistic expression was
limited to decorating her home and sewing clothing for the
family and others, while at home caring for the family of five
When the youngest was in high school, Ellie took a position as
secretary to the Superintendent of Schools, which she held for
eight years. Then, after 60 years in Maine, Ellie and Bernie
moved to Georgia in 1987 where they opened a Blimpie
Restaurant and worked there for nine years, meeting a good
many of Newnan’s families.
In 1988, she became aware of the oil painting lessons offered
through the Recreation Department with Tom Powers and
began to pursue her dream of learning to paint. She took
lessons from Tom as long as they were available. She has
taken workshops and continues to paint weekly with a group of
A member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) and
Southern Crescent Alliance of Visual Artists (SCAVA), she has
exhibited in many of their shows, as well as at Coweta County
Fair. She has won a number of merit award ribbons and had
two of her paintings on display in the office of Mac Collins in
Washington, D.C. for a year.
She works in her church and with the Alzheimer’s Association,
while continuing to study, paint and serve in the art community.
Her paintings have been described as “happy,” which is
appropriate since they are a reflection of her happiness and
her joy in painting and life in general. Her subjects include
flowers (many of which she has grown in her gardens), scenes
from the Maine coast, places she has visited and most
anything that takes her fancy. She is well known for using vivid
colors, and painting on large canvases. Her paintings grace
many a home in this area and around the country.