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Ellen Hathaway

Ellen Hathaway wants to make beautiful marks. A southern artist, Hathaway was raised in Washington, NC, where camellias bloom in winter, cypress balls drop in summer, and she made sand cakes on the shore of the Pamlico River. With degrees in Media from UNC-CH, and a Masters in Teaching from UVA, Ellen left the workforce to concentrate on family. It was during this season that her desire to draw and paint clarified. Through experimentation and formal study, she has directed her art education and studied abstract expressionism with Stephen Aimone since 2014. Hathaway gains inspiration from American Modernists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell for innovative approaches to composition, paint applications, and interpretation. She states about her art,

“Art is relational - be it between art and artist, art and viewer, or artist and viewer.

For me, painting celebrates new life, where endings flow into beginnings. I want to create a beautiful space – an intimately, personal interpretation alive with sensuous rhythms of intense color, palpable texture, and mixed media. The question, where one ends and the other begins ignites my process.

For you, there is nothing to understand in my paintings, only to see, feel, and experience with the senses.

The painting invites us to just be, one with the other.”

After raising their family and living in Charlottesville, Va for 30 years, Ellen and her husband, Curtis, now reside in Raleigh, NC. She paints out of her studio at ArtSpace in Downtown Raleigh, with work represented by galleries, and placed in private and corporate collections from Massachusetts to Texas. Creating her marks makes Ellen feel beautifully alive.