Ellen McCormick Martens

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About me

Industry Arts
Occupation Painter
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Introduction I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My mother was highly creative but mentally ill. My four sisters all do some form of creative work. I decided to be an artist at age 12. I have lived in Eugene and Portland, Oregon, New York City, Houston, Texas, Janesville Wisconsin, Buffalo, New York area, finally returning to Houston in 2003. I began to paint full-time in 1996, after working as a computer typesetter for 16 years. At first I did a lot of brightly-colored landscape with flattened shapes and space. I love trees, and painted a lot of them. From bright, flat landscapes I moved on to beaded collage portraits of myself and my family, then to geometric zodiac paintings, and on to the abstract collage and geometric work I am currently pursuing. I hope that my spirit comes through my work. I believe that each human being is immortal, incarnated many times, and that we keep learning and perfecting ourselves.
Interests art, dreams, food, animals, environment, progressive politics
Favorite Movies Eraserhead, Earth Girls Are Easy, The Princess Bride, The Apple War, Astral City, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Cat People, Amelie, Chocolat
Favorite Music rock and roll, blues and jazz
Favorite Books The Alexandria Quartet, Jane Eyre, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe, My Father's Island, Great Expectations

When you open your eyes underwater, do you ever worry that you'll drown?