Ellen Long attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia as a Fine Arts major, and continued studies at Richmond Professional Institute in Richmond, Virginia.

Ellen worked as an Interior Designer in Atlanta, GA for twenty three years. During that time she served as President of the Georgia Chapters of IIDA and GAIDP, professional design organizations responsible for drafting legislation recognizing interior design as a profession in the state of Georgia. This law set the standards of education, experience and testing to identify qualified interior designers for title registration. She is Design Consultant for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Atlanta and was instrumental in the design and development of the houses serving Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and Eggleston Children’s Hospital of Emory University.

After moving to Fripp Island, SC in 1996, Ellen returned to her first love of painting. She became a dedicated member of the Beaufort Art Association and has held the positions of Treasurer, Gallery Chairman, and Gallery Advisor. She started the first “Satellite Gallery” for the Beaufort Art Association in 2000 at Low Country Medical. The Satellite Gallery program has now grown to include 7 additional galleries in Beaufort business locations.

After a two year trial gallery space at the Beaufort County Library, the decision was made to seek permanent gallery space for BAA. Ellen was in charge of the research and development of that gallery which opened in 2002 at 905 Port Republic Street. She won the Beaufort Chamber or Commerce Civitas Award for “In the Public Eye” in 2004 for the development of BAA Gallery and its programs. In November of 2005, Ellen oversaw a move and re-design of that gallery to the George Elliott House at 1001 Bay Street in Beaufort and in April of 2011 co-chaired the design and renovation of a new gallery at 913 Bay Street in Beaufort. She has also developed BAA Studio, a program of art instruction taught by BAA members. All classes are to be held in new classroom space in the new gallery.

Ellen finds great overlap in the technical sides of good interior design and the creation of a successful painting. In both endeavors, the selection and placement of color and the design of the space are critical to the end result. All paintings are carefully planned with the goal of the viewer sharing the feelings and excitement of the artist in the subject presented. “I am so inspired by the scenes and creatures around me in this special place where I live on Fripp Island. I particularly love to try to capture the magic of the shore with its incredible light. A great many paintings are of wadding birds, song birds, sea turtles and creatures and scenes of the low country. One series features silhouettes of beach scenes and people.”

Ellen’s paintings have won Memorial and Excellence Awards in the Beaufort Art Association Spring Show as well as awards in The Colleton County Arts Council’s juried art exhibits. Her watercolor “Golden Summer Memories” won the poster contest for the 50th Annual Beaufort Water Festival. Her commissions and work may be seen in series developed for Barnsley Gardens Resort, The Beaufort Inn, and Pinckney Retreat. She does custom watercolors of “favorite scenes”, pets and special places.

Ellen’s current concentration is in watercolor, with additional work in intaglio print making and collagraphs. Her work may be seen at The Art Market at Fordham Market as well as the Beaufort Art Association Gallery in Beaufort. She does custom framing through her business, Ellen Long Designs on Fripp Island. Commissions are welcomed.

Contact her at 843 838-3205 or through her website at www.ellenlong.com.