Ellie Harold

At age fifty-two, Ellie Harold taught herself to paint after retiring from her career as a minister and registered nurse. Over the course of ten years, she created hundreds of paintings, primarily representational still lifes and plein air landscapes in oil. Later, she began exploring abstraction, and more recently, she began to feature birds in her colorful canvases. “If I omit the[ir] silhouetted or outlined shapes, a painting often fails to resolve until I add at least a hint of avian presence atop nests of splashing color and layered texture,” she says.