Eva Ellis

Artist Statement

Creating art is both exhilarating and mysterious.  My expression is often a loose iteration of a flower, leaf or vegetable or it may be abstract and left open for interpretation.  I gain inspiration from noticing the everyday things around me.  I am attracted to themes in nature, representations of music, and simple colors and shapes. 


The COVID pandemic has stopped us in our tracks for a time, but the resilience shown by so many and our desire to create and thrive continue.  Many of us are examining the state of our world and how we fit in it.  We are asking lots of questions.  We are finding an answer every now and then.  We are creating in new ways, and looking at the possibilities.  


With much love and gratitude.


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Eva Ellis creates loose colorful botanicals, fruit, vegetables, household items as well as non-representational and abstract paintings in watercolor and mixed media.  She has experimented with fiber and textile art,  hand lettering and modern calligraphy and has returned to her first love, watercolors, which are often enhanced with ink line work. 


Ellis was honored to have a solo show at the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center of Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska in the summer of 2019. Her painting Off Kilter was selected for the Ohio Watercolor Society Silver Medal in Watercolor Ohio 2017, the 40th Annual Juried Exhibition.  Her paintings have also been juried into Watercolor Ohio 2016 (Traveling Show), 2014,  2013 when she was honored to receive the Doug Pasek Memorial Award, and Watercolor Ohio 2012.  She received 2nd Place in the Group Ten Gallery’s 3rd Annual Juried Art Show in 2016 and has had paintings accepted into juried exhibitions at the Fairmount Center for the Arts, Chagrin Falls Valley Art Center and Group Ten Gallery, Kent.  She participated as a member of the cooperative Group Ten Gallery from 2016 to 2018. She is represented by Imagery Fine Arts in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Her paintings have been seen on programs and posters for Earth and Air: String Orchestra.  Her painting Landing serves as the cover art for the CD recording "Good Bones" by Jim Ballard and the Strangs.


Eva has participated in workshops with many national figures including Mike Bailey, Mary Todd Beam, Mary Ann Beckwith, Pat Dews, Jean Grastorf, Mark Mehaffey, Billie Richards, Betsy Dillard Stroud, and Jo Toye.  Her education in speech pathology includes degrees from Ashland University (B.S.) and Case Western Reserve University (M.A.)


She photographed religious buildings in Cleveland for her husband’s book A Guide to Greater Cleveland’s Sacred Landmarks (Kent State Press, 2012).