Now living in Southern New Hampshire, Mary Ellen grew up in Winthrop Massachusetts where her passion for painting and drawing began. That passion for painting continued while she was bringing up her children. When her youngest went to college she decided to follow her lifelong dream, and plunged into art school. She studied Fine Art and Digital Photography at Salem State College supplementing with classes at Montserrat College of Art.
Now as a practicing award winning artist she maintains a home studio. Having worked in oils, pastels, graphite, watercolor and digital photography her focus is now centered on pastel painting, preferring a highly detailed realism as seen in still life. Using sanded pastel papers allows her to build layers helping to develop depth, shape, color, light and shadows. Her work gives a sense of peace and beauty creating paintings with simple elegance and mood. She is inspired by the work of the Old Dutch Masters as well as the stunning beauty of grapes or a silver pitcher.
Mary Ellen is currently a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Hampshire, the Manchester Artist Association, NH, The Nashua Area Artist Association, NH, The Greater Salem Artist Association, NH, the Hollis Arts Society, NH, and the Chelmsford Art Society, MA, and the Pastel Painters of Maine.
Mary Ellen is currently represented by the Sharon Art Gallery in Peterborough, NH and Maison De L’Art in Nashua, NH. She also displays her paintings at the Grace Chapel Art Gallery, Lexington, MA.