Ellen Levine Dodd grew up in a small New England beach town near Boston, Massachusetts. She has been doing artwork all her life. Starting with art lessons after school to university degrees in painting, photography, and paper making, she has had an eclectic and wide-ranging education in art, studying with many well known painters, photographers, and digital printers. Her extensive travel through out the United States, Europe and the Middle East has had a strong influence on her art. Ellen has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since the 1970’s, after moving here from New Mexico, where she lived after leaving school in New England.
As a professional artist, Ellen has worked with leather, paper making, wood work, photography, drawing and painting. Currently, she works full time as a painter, photographer, and printer in her studio in downtown Novato, California.
Her work is boldly colored and richly textured, with multiple layers, scratched, sanded, carved into and drawn onto. Her vision is emotional, expressionistic, and positive; with brightly colored gestural brushwork, a strong sense of story and symbolism, and a passionate reference to the preservation of the landscape.