4.03.2016

ELLEN FULLER - A FORCE OF NATURE



I met Santa Fe Artist Ellen (Ellie) Fuller at a dinner party a few weeks ago and we chatted about her art and her new studio. She invited me to come for tea and to have a look. She lives just north of Santa Fe in the picturesque village of Tesuque - home to the Santa Fe Opera and close to the Tesuque Pueblo, a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos.

It's a lovely drive going north out of Santa Fe and turning onto the winding gravel rode that takes me to Ellie's secluded, art-filled home, I already feel that lovely serenity that enthrawls when traveling anywhere in New Mexico. 

T H E   H O M E

The long, narrow lap pool in front of the house, although covered in a winter tarp, hints at the lovely morning and evening 'swims' that await.  And when you step inside, the beautiful mingling of east and west is a charming divergence from typical Southwest style. 



The simple arrangement in this delicate wooden bowl personifies that east/west sensibility...


 This romantic chaise, sitting next to one of the  dozens of windows  in this light-filled house,  offers gorgeous views of the property and brings the outside in.


 A self portrait...


One of her Mother's paintings. "She had no formal training; didn't know how to draw, but all of her paintings were imbued with so much feeling," explains Ellie. Her father was a businessman, she says, but also a violinist, so their home was always filled with music. 








 My personal favorite..


And her passion for nature is everywhere. She says that as a child she was shy and spent hours alone outdoors looking at birds; sitting by water and just listening; creating the foundation for her life-long fascination with nature that now informs her art. 



She also had a passion for taking things apart and studying them, hence her intimacy and understanding of rendering  details.

T H E   S T U D I O

Her beautiful studio is in a renovated space next to her house. Curated Asian touches, in addition to her finished paintings bring a warm and inviting aesthetic to the large space.  The gorgeous vintage wedding kimono takes center stage...














The exquisite detail on this piece took months 
and months to realize...


K U D O S




And, Ellie has just sent off a submission to the prestigious, annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. 
Photo courtesy of the artist

A WONDERFUL TALENT!

Click the link below to see a lovely video of the artist and her process...


1 comment:

  1. This is by far one of the best event venues to hang with friends, have great drinks (amazing beer selection), eat some great food, including the great lunch I had there. Prices are very reasonable and the pizza was awesome.

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