Born and raised in Virginia, Ellen has lived most of her adult life in the Tidewater area. She attended Fairfax High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Many of Ellen's images are taken from her forest and farmland surroundings and from her love of nature.
Ellen has won many awards for her photography, including:
First Place, National Arts Council
First Place, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
First Place, Richmond's Undiscovered Artist
First Place, Art Works' Dog Daze of Summer Exhibit, Richmond, Virginia