Ingrid Ellison

Camden, Maine

Where would you like to take your work in the future?

I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to exhibit and sell more paintings so that is a definitely a goal- to get my work in front of a couple of galleries – I am running out of storage! What I really enjoy most is being recognized for my work and the connections I make with it to the community at large. I am very pleased to have been recently selected to pair with a local farm in a CSA (community supported agriculture) project here in Maine for the 2017 season. It is a project that pairs artists and farmers in effort to draw attention to our local food sources and the importance of the sustainability of small farms. I will be visiting the farm on a weekly basis, learning about biodynamic farming, taking photographs, working in my journal and writing my impressions along with using the imagery as inspiration for a new body of work. The project will culminate with a statewide exhibit with the 13 pairs, and for myself I hope to make a book as a companion piece and use the proceeds to subsidize farm shares for more Maine families in need. I am also really happy to start thinking about a new color palette – I think I have exhausted the blue water tones for the time being!

What or who inspires your work?

My work, while abstract, is definitely informed by the colors and forms observed in the natural world. Being outside and looking everyday is key!

What is the most challenging and the most rewarding?

The most challenging thing is working through the days of making lots of cruddy paintings until you get the reward of put a finishing mark on a painting that leaves you surprised and with a slight feeling of awe at your own hand. That is the drug I live for.

I have been thinking so much about Cheryl’s phone call that dealt with fear and resistance lately and so many thoughts rang true for me in the stories shared. I was once told to honor the expression ”eyes on your own paper” when dealing with comparing yourself to others—I feel like we know secretly know this as artists but how do you trust that really quiet inner voice when things like gallery representation and sales are not pouring into your life?