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Ellen Paull

Ellen Paull

Ocean Grove, NJ

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I was born in Los Angeles and grew up mainly in Seattle, Washington, both seacoast cities. When I was nine I first heard of the issue “What will you be when you grow up?” As soon as I heard that one of the choices was “artist,” I knew yes, that was it. Perfect--I was already making art! I got a degree in painting from the University of Washington, Seattle, and went to study in New York. I went to the Art Students’ League and was a scholarship student at the National Academy School of Fine Arts.

Then life happened; I sold some paintings, and I did many different things. In 2003 I came to stay “for a while” at the Jersey shore. I went to the beach every day. I have always loved the ocean; I thought what a lovely idea it would be to paint it. I like to paint very realistically, and so I found that I really wanted the ocean to stand still for me, so I could see what it was doing, what that color was under the lightning-fast breaking curl, what shape, etc. I saw that I had two options: I could either be like an ancient Zen painter and ponder closely for 18 years, then go home and paint the ocean I had ‘become’ or? I got a camera and began taking pictures. The last time I counted I’d taken over 30,000 of them--and more since. In fact, they took on a life of their own for me, and I decided to post them here.

I made paintings, not very good ones to start. They were not very big and they took me many hours to make. I have become a bit better now, but I have discovered that I like taking a long time over a painting.

Thankfully, I have ceased to trouble myself over whether I am a great artist; it seems to me that an artist makes what it’s in her to make, and that is what matters and what gives joy. I may love Mozart, but it doesn’t mean I can write a symphony, even a bad one, so why should I agonize over my inadequacy before Leonardo and Monet? Perhaps what I make will give some joy to others, as it has to me—may it be so.

 

Beach Day by Ellen Paull

 

August Morning Light by Ellen Paull

 

Blue Ocean 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Blue Ocean by Ellen Paull

 

Early Morning Thunderstorm by Ellen Paull

 

Bird at Morning by Ellen Paull

 

Sunflowers in July by Ellen Paull

 

Fog Burning Off by Ellen Paull

 

The Lovely Morning Sea by Ellen Paull

 

Lily by Ellen Paull

 

Morning Breaking 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Morning Breaking by Ellen Paull

 

July Morning Shadows by Ellen Paull

 

No Swimming by Ellen Paull

 

June Day by Ellen Paull

 

June Evening by Ellen Paull

 

Sunrise Waves by Ellen Paull

 

Morning Dunes by Ellen Paull

 

Bridge to Eternity by Ellen Paull

 

Early Morning Waves by Ellen Paull

 

The Sea Air by Ellen Paull

 

March Wind 2 by Ellen Paull

 

March Wind by Ellen Paull

 

Spring Color 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Spring Color by Ellen Paull

 

New Year Rainbow by Ellen Paull

 

Winter Waves 3 by Ellen Paull

 

Winter Waves 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Winter Waves by Ellen Paull

 

Blue Winter Afternoon by Ellen Paull

 

Snow on the Beach 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Snow on the Beach by Ellen Paull

 

Chapel by Ellen Paull

 

The Quiet Autumn Beach by Ellen Paull

 

Distant Hurricane by Ellen Paull

 

A May Morning by Ellen Paull

 

New Leaves by Ellen Paull

 

Crabapple at Peak by Ellen Paull

 

Splash by Ellen Paull

 

Rocks and the Sea by Ellen Paull

 

January Day 2 by Ellen Paull

 

January Day by Ellen Paull

 

Spring Light by Ellen Paull

 

The Visitor by Ellen Paull

 

Strange Orange Morning by Ellen Paull

 

Autumn Tree by Ellen Paull

 

Green Sea by Ellen Paull

 

Blue Sea by Ellen Paull