Ellen Brown’s love of fine art began in high school, where an inspiring teacher opened her eyes to still life painting. She continued her art education with weekend studies at the Corcoran Art Museum in Washington D.C., and a BFA from Ohio State University.
Having established a successful career in design and illustration, Ellen continued with easel painting, regularly exhibiting on the East Coast. On moving to Los Angeles, she pursued the study of figurative and large-scale works with Mario Rueda, a local billboard and portrait painter. With an increasing interest in portraiture, she later traveled to Baltimore to study at the renowned Schuler School of Art which emphasizes classical painting techniques, as well as mastery of traditional techniques such as grinding pigments, and making and using Maroger’s medium. Since that time, she has studied classical realism in Los Angeles, with Mark Westermoe, Sergio Sanchez, Rick Morris, and Ryan Wurmser, among others.
Ellen Brown is a regular exhibitor and award winner at both local and national competitions. She has been in Oil Painter’s of America’s (2009-2011) Western Regional Show and the (2010, 2012) National Shows; the 97th and 98th Gold Medal Exhibitions of the California Art Club at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; and the American Women Artists Master Signature and Signature Member Show at Galerie Gabrie in Pasadena in December 2008. She won 2nd place in the October 2010 competition on Fine Art Views, an Art Blog by Canvoo, an online magazine. She is an artist member of the California Art Club and Oil Painter's of America.