Ellen White

Ellen White is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1980 with bachelor of arts degrees in History and Studio Art. After graduation, she obtained a law degree and her career path led her away from painting for 30 years.

In anticipation of retirement, she renewed her love of watercolor painting as a student of Purnell Pettyjohn in 2011. She has also studied watercolor painting with Karen Beauprie in Key West, Florida the past several winters. She has attended workshops at the Studio Schools in Roanoke, studying abstract watercolor with Ron Thurston and gouache with David Eakin. This summer she attended the Virginia Watercolor Society workshop to study pouring techniques in watercolor with Linda Baker. She attended the Summer Artists Program at Nimrod Hall in Bath County, Virginia several summers studying plein air painting in watercolor. She has exhibited annually at the Lynchburg Art Festival since 2014. Her painting “Studio Window at Nimrod” won that event’s Abe Schewel Watercolor Award in 2015.

As an avid sailor, diver and beachcomber, her subjects often relate to water, water-related activities and creatures found both around and underwater.


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