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artist statement
Much of my recent work is the re-interpretation of fables, fairytales, short stories and poems in pastel on paper. Friends are my models and collaborators, and finding appropriate or amusing props and costumes is a treasure hunt. I create images from stories, and often, as the paintings develop, I imagine changes to the story lines.

Mr. McGregor from Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter catches Peter and chooses to raise him as his son rather than eating him in a rabbit pie. The Little Mermaid is burdened by large, fuschia flippers when what she really wants to wear are stylish, high heeled shoes.

In my work I want a surface that shimmers with color and energy. Each painting begins with a detailed drawing. Then, painting with very soft pastel, I build layers of color loosely contained within coloring book-like outlines. The finished paintings have the energy and movement of vividly colored gesture drawings.


sales and commissions
Please contact ellencornett@comcast.net for information about purchasing paintings or commissioning original works of art.