Oil painting by Ellen Wong of sunset
The Journey
2023-24
Oil on canvas

Ellen Wong

Drawing

Mixed Media

Painting

About the artist

"33 years ago I came to this part of the Catskills with my young family, found a small second home on the edge of the woods, behind main street in Roxbury. A painting major in college, an art teacher by profession, working full time and raising a family, I found watercolors – still life and sketchbook drawings. Being here inspired me to propose a grant to follow the footsteps of the first American school of art, the Hudson River Painters. Upon acceptance I immersed myself in studying the work and sites of these painters, and painting the Catskills.  Hours of researching the artists with archival access, white gloves and new eyes, the sketchbooks and work of Sanford R. Gifford, a Luminist and Frederic Church’s oil sketches on paper at Olana, rekindled my passion for painting and for painting in this landscape.  In the Winter of 1998 I had my first solo show at the Roxbury Arts Group Walt Meade Gallery.

My work has followed these through lines of the landscape and the life it supports, along the mountain roads and rivers; towns and valleys, the working and rural life.  I paint my world to know it, to bring the process and life into the work, to reflect on and talk to the past . I am challenged to give shape to vapor and constant flux amid loss to flora and fauna, learning to see deeply and revealing and overlaying the complexities of being in this here and now."

Ellen is the subject of many one woman and group shows in galleries and venues in upstate New York and New York City as well as several juried shows in Lincoln Center Chelsea, Roxbury and Green Kill in Kingston, NY. She is also a founding and former member of the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY. She is a recipient of numerous grants and recognitions, most notably the NYS Council of the Arts DEC Grant administered by the Roxbury Arts Group, a NEA fellowship, and a teacher/artist residency at Skidmore College.  

Most recently, Ellen was invited to present her work, Catskill Landscapes: Working in An American Tradition as part of InterActions, a multidisciplinary interactive series bringing together local artists and scholars to consider environmental justice, the use of natural resources, and sustainability. The presentation is available at hanfordmills.org/interactions.

Directions

Heading north on Rt. 30 from Margaretville, turn left on Bridge Street, (First and only left) in the village. This is also CR 38 for a block or so. Pass the tall Roxbury Motel on the right and go straight to the 'T' at the Roxbury Depot RR Station. Make a right and then a lazy left over the RR Tracks, following signs to Shephard Hills Golf Course. Make a right hand turn directly after the waterfall on left, and before the hair pin turn. You can park on the grass at the waterfall or make a right into the driveway. Follow signs on path to studio.

Ellen Wong

Drawing

Mixed Media

Painting

Directions

Heading north on Rt. 30 from Margaretville, turn left on Bridge Street, (First and only left) in the village. This is also CR 38 for a block or so. Pass the tall Roxbury Motel on the right and go straight to the 'T' at the Roxbury Depot RR Station. Make a right and then a lazy left over the RR Tracks, following signs to Shephard Hills Golf Course. Make a right hand turn directly after the waterfall on left, and before the hair pin turn. You can park on the grass at the waterfall or make a right into the driveway. Follow signs on path to studio.

About the Artist

"33 years ago I came to this part of the Catskills with my young family, found a small second home on the edge of the woods, behind main street in Roxbury. A painting major in college, an art teacher by profession, working full time and raising a family, I found watercolors – still life and sketchbook drawings. Being here inspired me to propose a grant to follow the footsteps of the first American school of art, the Hudson River Painters. Upon acceptance I immersed myself in studying the work and sites of these painters, and painting the Catskills.  Hours of researching the artists with archival access, white gloves and new eyes, the sketchbooks and work of Sanford R. Gifford, a Luminist and Frederic Church’s oil sketches on paper at Olana, rekindled my passion for painting and for painting in this landscape.  In the Winter of 1998 I had my first solo show at the Roxbury Arts Group Walt Meade Gallery.

My work has followed these through lines of the landscape and the life it supports, along the mountain roads and rivers; towns and valleys, the working and rural life.  I paint my world to know it, to bring the process and life into the work, to reflect on and talk to the past . I am challenged to give shape to vapor and constant flux amid loss to flora and fauna, learning to see deeply and revealing and overlaying the complexities of being in this here and now."

Ellen is the subject of many one woman and group shows in galleries and venues in upstate New York and New York City as well as several juried shows in Lincoln Center Chelsea, Roxbury and Green Kill in Kingston, NY. She is also a founding and former member of the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY. She is a recipient of numerous grants and recognitions, most notably the NYS Council of the Arts DEC Grant administered by the Roxbury Arts Group, a NEA fellowship, and a teacher/artist residency at Skidmore College.  

Most recently, Ellen was invited to present her work, Catskill Landscapes: Working in An American Tradition as part of InterActions, a multidisciplinary interactive series bringing together local artists and scholars to consider environmental justice, the use of natural resources, and sustainability. The presentation is available at hanfordmills.org/interactions.

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