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Here is our interview with the photographer, Ellen -
Briefly describe what you create?
Art. I see art in everything from the lines on the sidewalk to the grains of sugar I just spilled on my kitchen counter. My biggest love is photography, macro photography specifically. When you look at tiny things with a great big lens, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Hey! that might be a good tagline for my artshop....
What mediums do you enjoy working in most?
Photography is my love..... followed closely by the digital realm, painting with oil on canvas, watercolour painting and drawing with pencils ... anything that really lets the creativity flow from my brain to my fingertips ...
How long have you been creating in your chosen genre?
There must be creativity in my blood. I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. I had my first camera when I was about 6... still have it too! one of those old instamatic Kodak HawkEyes with the blue square flash that went on top. While raising my family, I used my trusty Minolta film camera (still have THAT too!) for many years and finally delved into the digital photography world just over two years ago. Photography is not my only love though. I also paint in watercolour and oil and do a lot of pencil sketching. My doodle pad is FULL. If I'm not shooting or painting, I'm listening to music (copious amounts, I'm a music whore) or working on some other activity like writing, knitting, crocheting, etc etc etc... Life is Art 101 for me.
How did you get started?
Always had a love for it... was quite inspired by my oldest sister and her lovely Nikorrmat film camera ... So since an early age, I've had photography in my bones. I was always that kid in your class that could draw anything you asked. I don't think it ever had a specific 'start'...it just always was.... As for painting, I didn't start watercolour painting until 4 years ago.... That turned out to be quite a love and passion for me, and it was just a natural progression to move to oil on canvas. I did my first oil in September of 2006 and to be perfectly honest, I quite literally shocked the hell outta myself. It turned out very well... and I haven't looked back since.
Where does the name of your shop come from?
It was a tough decision for me... I toyed around with all kinds of names ... including GingerSnapz (cuz of my red hair) and a bunch of other silly ones. My friend Marc suggested 'The Eye' because I have a good eye for what constitutes art and beauty, and also my initials are EY.... kind of all fell together after that....
What would you most want people to know about your work?
-that I love every single piece I have produced.
-that a part of me is inside each painting and they are very difficult to part with
-that I'm proud as punch of the fact that somebody would want to hang MY ART on THEIR WALL!
-that I would hang any one of my pieces on my own walls
What words of advice do you have for other artists?
Live in the moment. Be who you are. Don't lose sight of the inner light and spark that makes you the creative soul you have become. Never drop little pieces of yourself along the way. Write! Read! Educate yourself! Never stop learning technique and don't undervalue your worth as an artist. You are unique.
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