Ellen Hill
Biography

Ellen Hill was born in 1960 and grew up in Rocky Hill, New Jersey and Athens, Georgia. She spent much of her childhood exploring the surrounding forests and fields of north Georgia. Her elegant abstractions in wood and paint reflect her strong respect for nature.

Ellen Hill's artworks have been shown throughout the United States and abroad in Northern Ireland and Vietnam. Her works have been included in exhibitions in the Washington-Baltimore area at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1997); University of Maryland, College Park (2001); Maryland Institute College of Art (2006); the Washington, DC City Hall Art Collection (2006); and the University of Maryland, University College (2013, 2014). Solo exhibitions include Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD (2011); the Montpelier Cultural Art Center, Laurel, MD (2012); Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD (2014); the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD (2015); the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2017); and Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD (2017). An upcoming solo exhibition is scheduled for the Fall of 2018 at Loyola University, Baltimore, MD.

Her works are in public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD; the U.S. State Department; the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; and the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD. Hill is the recipient of two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and a Grant to Individual Artists from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

She has served as a resident printmaker at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Riverdale, MD, and as a resident artist at Hood College in Frederick, MD, and Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD. She formerly taught two-dimensional design at Montgomery College, printmaking at Hood College, and drawing at the University of North Carolina. She received her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her BA from Duke University. She lives with her husband in Rockville, MD.

 

HIGH SUMMER 1, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved birch on panel, 17.5" x 15"
$900




 

HIGH SUMMER 2, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved birch on panel, 17.5" x 15"
$900




 

GERMINATION 1, 2017
Acrylic, carved birch and carved shina on panel, 15.5" x 15.5"
$800




 

GERMINATION 2, 2017
Acrylic, carved birch and carved shina on panel, 15.5" x 15.5"
$800




 

UNDER THE STARS 1 & 2, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved birch on panel, 12.5" x 12"
$550 each




 

GROVE 1 & 2, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved birch on panel, 11" x 11" each
$450 each




 

WATER AND SKY 1, 2017
Acrylic on birch on panel, 20" x 18"
$1,200




 

WATER AND SKY 2, 2017
Acrylic on birch on panel, 20" x 18"
$1,200




 

HOW MY HEART SINGS, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved birch on panel, 42" x 36.5"
$4,000




 

SCRAMBLE, 2017
Acrylic, ink and carved birch on panel, 19" x 18.5"
$1,100




 

DAYS AND NIGHTS, 2017
Acrylic and carved birch on panel, 21" x 21"
Private Collection




 

 

ROCK FISH, 2017
Acrylic, ink, and carved shina plywood on panel, 17.5" x 13.5"
$900




 

LOOP #1-3, 2017 
Acrylic, ink, carved shina plywood on panel, 8.5" x 10" each
Private Collection




 

TREE SWALLOW, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved shina plywood on panel, 14.5" x 10"
Private Collection




     

 

CARDINAL, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved maple on panel, 10" x 15"
Private Collection




 

WREN ON BRANCH, 2017
Acrylic, ink, carved maple on panel, 9.5" x 15"
Private Collection




 

FLOWERS STANDING, 2017
Acrylic, carved shina plywood on panel, 14" x 11"
Private Collection




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Artist Statement
My artwork is a personal response to my experiences and my natural environment. I work with wood because it has a warmth and history that it carries with it, and it reflects my strong respect for nature. I like that it comes out of the ground and has a textural and tactile energy to it.

In creating my work, I take an evolutionary approach, responding to the physical materials involved and making use of different media for their individual strengths and their combined expressive power. Typically this involves building layers of mark making, painting and carving images that resonate with me emotionally, and combining them over time in the studio.

Public Collections
Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Community of Hope, Washington, DC
INOVA Health Care, Falls Church, VA
Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Public Arts Trust, Arts and Humanities Council, Montgomery County, MD
U.S. State Department, in Washington D.C.
University of Maryland, University College, Adelphi, MD
University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA
Washington, D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Private Collections
Adams Funds, Baltimore, MD
American Bankers Association, Washington, DC
Capital One, Reston, VA
Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC
Crowell & Moring, LLP, Washington, DC
Dickinson Landmeier LLP, Washington, DC
KPMG, LLP, Washington, D.C.