Born and raised in rural Alberta, Ellie spent lots of her time in the Rocky Mountain Range. From a young age she connected with wildlife and explored the wild mountain landscape. The connection she fostered growing up with around nature inspired her to become more involved in the preservation of wild places and animals. She spent many years working in the field as a Grizzly Bear Viewing Guide where she gained an education on how to protect and co-exist with the magnificent animals. Additionally, Ellie has experience working with Wildlife BC on projects related to black and grizzly bears.
Complimenting her field work, Ellie studied at the Halifax School of Art and the Alberta School of Art where she focused on sculpting primarily with bronze. Her purpose when sculpting is to inspire others to protect the wildlife around them and aims to guide people in gaining a further understanding of what a bears world is like. Her wildlife knowledge is evident in her sculptures and her art depicts a moment in the life of these animals as each sculpture tells a story. She believes humans and wildlife are part of a co-nation capable of mutual kindness and respect. This principle became the foundation of Ellie’s work and fueled the desire to sculpt in the eternal bronze form. Aside from Ellie’s wildlife and art background and love for wilderness she is a member of the British Columbia Search Dogs Association, a Search and Rescue volunteer and a personal fitness trainer with black belts in a number of martial art disciplines.