Ellen is a Professor of Art at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received a B.S. in Art at the University of Wisconsin and a MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has received a Fulbright–Hayes Scholarship, National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant, and an Artist Trust /Washington State Fellowship. Her work has been reviewed in Arts Magazine, Art on Paper, Sculpture Magazine, The Village Voice, New Art Examiner, Creative Camera London. She has representation with Prographica in Seattle and Jayne Baum in New York.