Project Description

Artist Profile

Ella Balkwill


Artist Profile



Ella’s creative routes begin as a teenager when she was designing and sewing her own clothing. This evolved into drapery making which then led into a successful interior design career, until ill health caused an early retirement.

Luckily, the universe directed her back to her passion of creating art. Through being true to herself she skirted the draw of acrylic painting, searching for a more natural, intuitive outlet to her unique unquenchable curiosity.

Her creative outlet was found in oil and cold wax medium and her inspiration comes from colours and textures in nature.

Time disappears and she finds herself creating layers of colours, overlapping and scraping away to reveal interesting and beautiful combinations the way a sunset ebbs and flows through the setting sun. There is a definite freedom of thought, creativity and expression. It is always a surprise to see what emerges from the intuitive way of art. Because of the variety of texture and layers in cold wax and oil and the technique of letting previous layers and textures show through the surface, paintings done in this medium are naturally rich in complexity and history.

In most cases, Ella finds that it works well for her to create many marks, textures and shapes, then she can take this complexity and edit it down until only what seems essential is left. The simplest composition will ring with complexity due to the process of this creation.
Ella thinks this process mirrors life as well. We usually have to live through complex periods of change and emotion before we can begin to embrace our Art of Living.

Ella’s works of abstract expressionism are created to affect peace and calm to inspire and heal.

Selection of Artwork

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