Born in Bavaria, Germany, Ellen now lives and works in Eastbourne, New Zealand. She is married with two young, creative sons. Ellen studied graphic art in Vienna and received a New Zealand Diploma with Distinction in Design. She creates art by cutting and assembling graphic shapes from vibrantly painted papers. Her inspirations include the birds and flowers she observes from her sunny studio. Ellen’s German heritage influences her designs and a passion for the nineteen fifties, sixties and seventies inspires her graphic shapes and bright color combinations.