This is part of a series of interviews with artists working in and around Charleston, West Virginia. We will showcase two artists each month in the website. If you’re an artist who’s interested in having your work featured in WhyCharleston, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did you get started in your art?
I have always been interested in art. When my youngest son went off to college, I decided to finish my art degree. When he graduated 4 years later I did too.
What are the major influences in you art?
The Major influences in my art are my strong family values.
What differs your technique form other artists?
My technique does not necessarily differ from other artists. The end result speaks volumes of who I am.
How do you describe the art scene in Charleston?
The art scene in Charleston is equivalent to any other city in the United States. We have so much to offer for those who are interested enough to seek it. We have a wonderful collection in our museum containing national, international European artists.
How receptive are the people of Charleston towards your art?
The response to my art by Charlestonians has been favorable. I have exhibited in local galleries and museums as well as University settings. Exposure is critical to having your work recognized.
What are your favorite art pieces around Charleston?
I have to say some of my favorite art pieces are on our very own Avampato Museum on the Clay Center by major artists. Our collector’s club has purchased many pieces of art during its existences that can only compare to the art scenes of Chicago, New York or San Francisco to name a few.
What particular things in Charleston inspires you to create art?
Meeting other artists, taking continuous education & workshops inspires me. Something as simple as a morning sunrise reminds me of the old masters works and God’s very creation.
If you were to create an art piece depicting Charleston, what medium, technique and inspiration would you use?
Depicting Charleston would be fun to create in a variety of mediums. I love clay work so I would probably approach it as a relief piece.
My masters was in printmaking, so I might create an etching. Stain glass or possibly weaving are all art forms so the sky is the limit.
Where would you recommend tourists to go for the best place to experience Charleston’s art scene?
The Charleston art scene cannot be observed in any gallery, museum or architecture in downtown Charleston & the surrounding areas. The beauty of our city is in the eye of the beholding waiting to be discovered.
Born and raised in Ottawa, the historic capital of Canada, Ellie was greatly influenced as a young girl with the wealth of art that the National Gallery had to offer. Her extensive travels around the world as a young woman further broadened her knowledge of artist and art techniques. Having managed an art gallery in Charleston for many years, Ellie soon understood the struggles for deadlines that artists went through.