Katy Ellis

Growing up in a leafy part of London to creative parents, mother a painter and illustrator, father a landscape architect, both with a love for the landscape and nature. I was exposed to a rich combination of galleries, the arts and long explorations of the Norfolk coast, Cornwall and Wales.

This instilled in me a love and a curiosity of the landscapes around me and our relationship to it.

On graduating from the Glasgow School of Art, I took up the John Kinross scholarship to paint and study in Italy where I spent 4 months, exploring hilltop villages filling sketchbooks and reams of paper.

I loved observing people going about their routines and their connection to the land.

This led me to explore further so I headed to India where I spent a year exploring on foot through the mountains and riverways finding myself also in Nepal, Sikkim, Thailand and Laos.

My work is a combination of remembered moments, images taken from sketchbooks and photographs recorded while travelling.

I will often return to a subject but presently after a visit to the winter lights at Anglesey Abbey Gardens, I have been immersed in painting trees.

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