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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.

 

Evening light 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Evening light 3 by Ellen Paull

 

Summer surf in the Grove by Ellen Paull

 

Summer clouds by Ellen Paull

 

A little morning fog by Ellen Paull

 

Fog and blue sky by Ellen Paull

 

Fog and blue sky 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Fog and blue sky 3 by Ellen Paull

 

Yesterday's sand castle by Ellen Paull

 

Beginning in peace and beauty by Ellen Paull

 

An ordinary summer day begins by Ellen Paull

 

July sunrise by Ellen Paull

 

Waiting for IT by Ellen Paull

 

Gulls at sunrise by Ellen Paull

 

Summer morning at the shore by Ellen Paull

 

Garden by Ellen Paull

 

Garden and tents by Ellen Paull

 

Daylily heart by Ellen Paull

 

A day at the beach by Ellen Paull

 

June surf by Ellen Paull

 

June surf 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Haaah by Ellen Paull

 

Golden evening light by Ellen Paull

 

Golden evening light 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Tiny luminous waves by Ellen Paull

 

Tiny luminous waves 2 by Ellen Paull

 

So gorgeous by Ellen Paull

 

Almost too gorgeous by Ellen Paull

 

Summer fog by Ellen Paull

 

Pink yarrow by Ellen Paull

 

Black-eyed Susan by Ellen Paull

 

Mexican evening primrose by Ellen Paull

 

Porch with white roses by Ellen Paull

 

Iris and lilacs 3 by Ellen Paull

 

Fragrant lazy summer day by Ellen Paull

 

Honeysuckle by Ellen Paull

 

Honeysuckle 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Fresh face by Ellen Paull

 

Flotilla by Ellen Paull

 

Iris at the lake by Ellen Paull

 

Iris and lilacs 2 by Ellen Paull

 

Strawberry patch by Ellen Paull

 

The face of summer by Ellen Paull

 

Early summer roses by Ellen Paull

 

Tiny wilderness by Ellen Paull

 

Blue columbine by Ellen Paull

 

Small faces by Ellen Paull

 

Raindrops on a rose by Ellen Paull