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ELLEN COWIE Oil Painting Artist


Primary Colours - SOLD - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
Ellen Cowie

Biography

ELLEN COWIE is an artist who specializes in oil painting. After living in small communities across Canada, she currently resides in Peterborough, Ontario. She graduated from high school with a Fine Arts Award in 1980 and went on to study Fine Art at Guelph University. The next five years she resided in Canada's beautiful Provincial and National Parks. She has lived and traveled across Ontario, the Prairies and Canada's North. This lifestyle led to an intimate contact with nature and the isolation allowed her to explore her oil painting. Ellen strives to portray life in her art as she experiences it.


"I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to hone my painting skills as I raised my six children. I strive daily to bring something new to my work. The kaleidoscope of my life gives me limitless possibilities upon which I freely base my paintings. The only constraints I put on my art is my strong desire to bring a smile to people when they view my work. Over the past twenty three years my work has developed and evolved into a very distinctive and individual style. Creating new images on canvas is an exhilarating journey and one which I invite you to enjoy!"

Art has been her passion since childhood, fueled by her grandmother's oil paintings as well as watching her uncle sketch in charcoal with skillful hands. Ellen strives to portray life in her art as she experiences it. Ellen is passionate and unwavering in exploring and liberating a wide range of motifs on her canvas with deliberate freedom. Her children are the natural models that steer her artwork. Her landscape and wildlife paintings express images she has been so fortunate to encounter during her travels. Portraiture is an area she has had a natural affinity for since childhood. Ellen treasures the varied gifts in her life, and her strength as an individual reflects in her art. She paints people, places and animals from her heart, yet with an astute sense of reality, so that each painting is a loving representation of the world as seen through her eyes.

O' Canada - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie Ellen's sensitivity to detail as well as her expressiveness in her vivid oil interpretations of people and places has most recently led to several major commissions. You can view additional oil paintings and limited edition prints on Ellen's Uniform Art page. Ellen's originals and limited edition prints have found their way into collections in Asia, Europe, the United States, and across Canada. Her career as an artist has become firmly established and recognized with her works having being displayed in fine galleries across Ontario, including the Gallery Shop in the McMICHAEL Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg. Currently, the largest selction of her work is shown at FOOT'S BAY GALLERY on Lake Joseph in Muskoka (705-375-2473).

Commissions welcomed! ellencowie@yahoo.ca

Check out Ellen's Regatta and Cottage Country Images! Also see Cottage Country thumbnails below.

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Check out the featured artwork at McMichael's!

Latest News!
The Foot’s Bay Art Festival has contributed over $25,000 to our Family Resource and Support Program. This program was able to support over 53,000 families in 2008 and 66,000 families in 2009. Autism Canada expects to assist a total of 78,000 families in 2010 as a result of events such as this.Autism Canada is thrilled with the success of the Foot’s Bay Art Festival and its ability to help our Family Resource and Support Program. This program offers support and resources to families looking for direction on treatments and service providers to help their children diagnosed with autism.

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  • Take a walk down memory lane with Ellen! See her earliest paintings!
  • Peterborough Festival of Trees Charity Auction - November 2005

  • Regatta Canoes - Original hanging at Richardson Partners Financial Limited in Calgary AB



  • Live Portrait Sittings
    Ellen Cowie also creates portraits from life, without the use of photographs. In the case of landscapes, several visits are necessary as the natural light changes rapidly. In the case of portraiture, the subject will need to agree to several sittings. All travel and accommodation expenses relating to these visits or sittings are in addition to the price of the painting.

    Click here to view the progression of the painting of a retired Federal Court Judge.

    Each sitting ranges from one to two hours of painting. Due to time and monetary constraints, many people prefer to have a painting commissioned from photowork.

    Ellen's sensitivity to people allows her to paint the remarkable likeness of a subject in addition to highlighting his or her unique personality. Each painting is completed to the customer's satisfaction.


    More Art...
    View a wide range of Commissioned Artwork by Ellen Cowie.
    View a wide range of Uniform Artwork by Ellen Cowie.


    Autumn Runway - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Early Morning Fishing - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Glimpse of Northern Colour - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Autumn Swamp - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Canadian Autumn - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Autumn Leaves - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Early Morning Chat - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Untangling the Reel - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Cedar Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    The Regatta Gathering - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Regatta Canoes Gathering - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Regatta Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Three Fisherman - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Lake View - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Primarily Primary Colours - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Tree Tops - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Winter Canopy & Horses - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Winter on the Farm - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Winter Sleigh - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Sunlit Water - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Cottage Country Series
    Moraine Lake & Primary Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Boys & Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Paddles Floating - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Sunlit Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Regatta Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Canoes - By Canadian Artist Ellen Cowie
    Click on a picture for a larger image and ordering information


    Ellen Cowie
    Peterborough, Ontario

    E-mail: ellencowie@yahoo.ca

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