Lynda Ellis has spent her life balancing the tools of a professional illustrator with the techniques of fine art. Her recent work focuses on oil and acrylic landscape, abstract and portrait paintings that aim to bring out the essence of a subject’s emotional graphic presence. She brings all her artistic experience to this task, having done color and black-and-white illustrations for books and magazines, published both nationally and internationally, in abstract and figurative styles as well as various combinations of the two.
Among Lynda’s notable commissions are a portrait-illustration of Ted Turner for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and her large painting of civil rights leader C. Eric Lincoln, which graces the prominent entrance of the Clark Atlanta University student center. The Lincoln painting later became one of her several book covers when it was chosen for the Palgrave-Macmillan book, How Long this Road.
After studying under Comer Jennings, Tom Francis, Mike Nunn and others at the Atlanta College of Art, Lynda completed her art degree at Georgia State University and pursued simultaneous careers in painting, illustration and commercial art. She has published many illustrations done in acrylic, watercolor and oil, and has shown paintings in Boston, Atlanta and in other places around Georgia as well as Texas and North Carolina. Some of her more recent influences are Seth Haverkamp, Charles Walls, Elsie Dresch, Bob Burridge and Dawn Whitelaw. Lynda is currently a member of the Atlanta Artists Center, Art Station, Kudzu Art Zone, Portrait Society of Atlanta and Portrait Society of America.
My goal in painting is to help the viewer connect with the subject. Whether it is objective as reality in a landscape, a figure, or a non-representational abstract composition, the point is to convey the character of a time and place or the essence of a mood, gesture, personality or sensation graphically. Painterly brush strokes give the painting an impressionistic sense of immediacy. I focus on the temperature of colors – the play of color with light – to enhance the viewer’s experience. Counterpoints such as light and shadow, figure-ground relations, and color intensity create drama.