In my work I aim to give a sense of peace and beauty, creating paintings with simple elegance and mood.

I am inspired by the work of the Old Dutch Masters as well as the simple yet stunning beauty of grapes or a silver pitcher.

My aim is to share my joy in and appreciation of the subject matter, by focusing the viewer on the details. Using sanded pastel papers allows me to build layers, helping to develop depth, shape, color, light and shadows.

Now living in Southern New Hampshire, Mary Ellen studied Fine Art and Digital Photography at Salem State College supplementing with classes at Montserrat College of Art.

 Now an award winning artist she maintains a studio in Lowell MA. 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.  

In between studio time and time spent showing work in many exhibitions over the last few years, Mary Ellen enjoys teaching the skills and sharing the joy of painting.

Mary Ellen is currently a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe,  Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Hampshire,  The Nashua Area Artist Association, NH, The Greater Salem Artist Association, NH, the Hollis Art Society, NH, Pastel Painters of Maine and the Chelmsford Art Society, MA.