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Eye on Artists

Ellen Woods created her monoprint "Spider" on an etching press.

Artist statement: Falling between categories, my paintings and prints lie somewhere between the inner world of the imagination and the outer world of beauty and nature. I find the Colorado landscape, climate and wildlife provide constant stimulation for ideas. I like to take everyday images such as bugs, horses and raccoons and transform them into something new. I never know quite where I’m going. I just try and follow my instincts.

Artist background: I have been a Carbondale resident for the past 18 years. I divide my time between studio work and a private psychotherapy practice. I received my bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Goddard College in Vermont and two master’s degrees, in clinical psychology and transpersonal counseling, from John F. Kennedy University in California.

Artist education: I have furthered my art studies through Indiana University, University of California-Berkeley, Hayward State University, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, as well as Colorado Mountain College classes. Most recently, I was awarded a month-long artist residency in printmaking at the Vermont Studio Center.

Shows and gallery exhibitions: This year I’ve shown at the Redbrick Center for the Arts in Aspen, the Rivers juried exhibit at the Glenwood Center for the Arts and a national print exhibition in Creede. I am a contributing member of the Aspen Artists Cooperative Gallery located at Highlands Village.

Family information: I became widowed four and a half years ago. With the help of family, friends and my pets, I have been able to steer my life towards health and balance again.

How did you get started as an artist? I got serious about being an artist in undergraduate school. I mostly focused on fiber and weaving then, but there was a great deal of cross-fertilization between mediums. When I was weaving to earn a living, I turned to papermaking, printmaking and painting for my self-expression.

What do you do in your free time? I don’t keep much of a distinction between work and play. I try and keep a balance between solitude and socializing. I’m a Bikram yoga student, love to cook and entertain, sleep outdoors and keep a flow of activity in my life.

What’s your favorite medium? Probably printmaking. I like the unpredictability that arises each time that a piece of paper goes through the press. There are a lot of surprises!

Who’s your favorite artist? There are so many great masters to learn from, but what’s most exciting for me is to live in a community with so many wonderful practicing artists. I love to get together with other artists to talk about what we are working on and thinking about. That really holds the most energy for me.

What or who is your biggest influence? I think having the fields of art and psychology intersect influence me the most. For example, in a raccoon print, I want the spirit of the raccoon to appear. Playfulness and mischievous qualities are present in the print.

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