We are all creative- and we may discover it at any time. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ellen Brook found her way to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997. After a career in communications, Ellen embarked on an artistic journey in her early 40’s and reoriented her life to focus on art and fashion. Ellen works primarily in mixed media on silk or canvas, and designs “luxuriously down-to-earth“ scarves, wraps, ponchos and clothing that she hand paints.
Ellen’s artwork and apparel have been featured in individual and group art shows, Bay Area runways, and select design shows such as Artwear at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Other features shows include “Uncommon Threads” at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.
Ellen offers workshops in creativity, curiosity and collaboration for corporations, as well as creativity workshops for non-profits and individuals.
Ellen is on the Advisory Board of the Fashion & Design Department at Canada College, Redwood City CA. She is also on the Artist Advisory Council for the Kids & Art Foundation. She holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.P.A. from the Monterey Institute (Middlebury) of International Studies.
Silk once served as a currency in the East and a gateway to the West. Ellen's mixed-media paintings – many on silk --continue that exchange by referencing the philosophical and spiritual ideas of the East while bringing the legacy of the ancient discipline of painting on silk into our contemporary experience. Much of Ellen's current work explores the search for a meditative rather than a demanding energy to navigate our Western urban lives.
What we wear can be one of the most vital art forms of daily soulful expression, so Ellen also creates original fashion from her artwork.