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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.

 

The Annual Festivity by Ellen Paull

 

Young Tree in Autumn by Ellen Paull

 

Street Trees with Winter Shadows by Ellen Paull

 

Tree with Lake by Ellen Paull

 

Light in Shallow Water by Ellen Paull

 

Light in the Shallows by Ellen Paull

 

Winter afternoon by Ellen Paull

 

Winter evening light by Ellen Paull

 

Tidepool at evening by Ellen Paull

 

Winter evening by Ellen Paull

 

Jetty in winter by Ellen Paull

 

Japanese inspiration 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Japanese inspiration by Ellen Paull

 

Tabernacle door by Ellen Paull

 

The winter ocean 2 by Ellen Paull

 

The winter ocean by Ellen Paull

 

Storm clouds by Ellen Paull

 

Feisty October water by Ellen Paull

 

Autumn sky by Ellen Paull

 

Autumn clouds by Ellen Paull

 

After the storm by Ellen Paull

 

September drama by Ellen Paull

 

Sand by Ellen Paull

 

Autumn sunrise by Ellen Paull

 

You're invited by Ellen Paull

 

Gull floating by Ellen Paull

 

Pink morning by Ellen Paull

 

Pink morning 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Summer day of a gull by Ellen Paull

 

Summer day of a gull 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Double red by Ellen Paull

 

Orange umbrella by Ellen Paull

 

Summer sea by Ellen Paull

 

Summer sea 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Woman and the deep blue sea by Ellen Paull

 

Woman in the waves by Ellen Paull

 

Gentle August sea by Ellen Paull

 

August ocean by Ellen Paull

 

At the beach by Ellen Paull

 

At the beach 2 by Ellen Paull

 

At the beach 3 by Ellen Paull

 

Unfolding by Ellen Paull

 

Unfolding 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Cornucopia by Ellen Paull

 

August day by Ellen Paull

 

Evening moon 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Evening moon by Ellen Paull

 

Distant boat by Ellen Paull