This new series of paintings presents intuitive paintings that depict familiar scenes of winter camp fires, dense jungles, waterfalls, temples of leaves, and the wonders of the night sky; evoking nostalgic recollections of experiences out in the bush, a little removed from everywhere.
Contrasting oceanic blues and greens with rich browns and vibrant orange tones, Ellie layers gesturally painted backgrounds with more intricately patterned foregrounds. Using an intuitive approach Ellie allows the original base layer marks to be the visual transmitter, blocking and leaving behind marks that once a brushstroke now become a swaying palm leaf or, a gushing river.
Immersion within the natural world provokes a deeper engagement with the self, the vast external space allowing for the internal space to expand. Balancing on the precipice between earth and sky, between emotive and rational thought, Ellie presents the imagined and experienced interactions with the natural environment in kaleidoscopic, dreamlike fragments.