About the Artist

I returned to painting in 2014 after a hiatus of more than 40 years dating back to when I was a disillusioned art major in the early 1970s.  In the meantime, I have had a few related careers – first in paper conservation, studying with renowned practitioners on irreplaceable materials (such as the Magna Carta) at the Harry Ransom Resource Center in Austin, Texas, and later practicing in Andover, Massachusetts, where I repaired large and small works of art on paper including illustrations and watercolors.   My career shifted to archaeology after a volunteer opportunity at a local museum in the 1980s, and I finished up a Masters Degree in that field. For the last few decades, I have funneled much of my creative energy into building a successful archaeological consulting firm in northern New England with my spouse.

Since 2014, I have worked in oil, acrylic, pencil, and digital photography, all with an eye toward abstraction. I consider my broad work experience a lengthy artistic internship in which I was able to fill a deep well with visual images and inspiration that continues to surprise me as it appears in my work. I am a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and a longtime resident of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I maintain a studio at Sanctuary Arts in nearby Eliot, Maine.

Ellen Marlatt
Portsmouth, New Hampshire


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