Visual Art by Ellen LeBel

One eye sees, the other eye feels.” - Paul Klee

Sit first, dash seven.” - Zen saying

Making art is both a kinesthetic and visual process for me. My eyes and body absorb movement and rest, space, light and color in nature, people and objects, awakening my own associations and personal symbols.

Pastels and sumi-e are both mediums of the moment, responding to my movements and energy. It’s always a dance between my inner vision and discovering what emerges through my hands. I seek to express the essence and vitality of living form and imagination.

In recent years I have studied Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e painting, visited Japan and am immersed in a new learning process. My exploration of Japanese art forms deepened with an artist’s residency at the Morris Graves Foundation in 2009 and continues to develop as I study with Shozo Sato.

My art has been shown often where I live in Humboldt County, and I have also shown my work in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been drawing and painting since childhood.