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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.

 

December Evening 2 by Ellen Paull

 

December Evening by Ellen Paull

 

Warm November by Ellen Paull

 

Lunch on the Pier by Ellen Paull

 

Autumn Afternoon by Ellen Paull

 

Calm Sea by Ellen Paull

 

Calm Sea 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Calm Sea 3 by Ellen Paull

 

October Day by Ellen Paull

 

Silver Strand by Ellen Paull

 

The Fall Ocean by Ellen Paull

 

September Sunrise by Ellen Paull

 

Spindrift by Ellen Paull

 

September Morn by Ellen Paull

 

September Morn 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Morning Bird by Ellen Paull

 

Midsummer Light 3 by Ellen Paull

 

Midsummer Light 2 by Ellen Paull

 

More Midsummer Light by Ellen Paull

 

Midsummer Light by Ellen Paull

 

Stargazers in Evening Light by Ellen Paull

 

Pristine by Ellen Paull

 

Pristine 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Just the Usual Glories by Ellen Paull

 

Tabernacle in Summer by Ellen Paull

 

Sunrise in July by Ellen Paull

 

Sunrise Swim Party by Ellen Paull

 

Summer Morning by Ellen Paull

 

Morning at the Edge of the Continent by Ellen Paull

 

First Thing by Ellen Paull

 

Joy And Maybe Even Fish by Ellen Paull

 

More Joy by Ellen Paull

 

July Sunrise by Ellen Paull

 

Shadows and Green Waves by Ellen Paull

 

Clouds in the Sand by Ellen Paull

 

Clouds in the Sand 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Clouds in the Sky and Sand by Ellen Paull

 

Pink by Ellen Paull

 

Flowers with Lake by Ellen Paull

 

Sunrise Rocks by Ellen Paull

 

Morning Details by Ellen Paull

 

Morning After by Ellen Paull

 

Blue Hydrangeas by Ellen Paull

 

7 AM Yin and Yang by Ellen Paull

 

Morning Beach by Ellen Paull

 

Rain at the Beach by Ellen Paull

 

Gull Dance by Ellen Paull

 

Bright Light of May 3 by Ellen Paull