Biography / Artist Statement
Ellie was sporadically an adjunct in design and also art history at Texas Tech University. She also has been a volunteer at the museum of TTU for over 50 years. She always loved fabric and sewing, which eventually led to art quilting.
In 2007, she was juried into the international organization, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) as a professional artist. That same year, Ellie and 2 other art quilters founded Caprock Art Quilters, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a group show at the Buddy Holly center in Lubbock in 2018.
Her work has been in many regional, national and international shows – including: Quilts=Art=Quilts in Auburn NY in 2013, Celebration Silver, a celebration of SAQA’s 25th anniversary which opened at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2014 and went on a two year tour which spanned 4 continents, My Corner of the World, which opened in Stratford, Ontario in Canada in 2016 and Australia in 2017. Her work has also been included in one and two person shows among them, a one – person exhibition at the Gallery of Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Tx in 2011, and 10 two-person shows with husband, Lynwood since 2005, including one at Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Tx in 2021.
Ellie’s work has been reproduced in many catalogs, magazines and books, among them Five Hundred Art Quilts,(Lark Publications), Lone Star Quilts III, Texas Quilts Today, 1986 – 2011 (University of Texas Press), People and Portraits ( Lark Publications), Contemporary Art of Nature – Mammals (Schiffer Publications), Quirky to Modern Art Quilts, (Dorcas Publications), Legacy of a Thousand Stitches by Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery, and the SAQA book, Art Quilts Unfolding, (Schiffer Publications), representing the last 50 years of art quilts.
Ellie’s work is in the White House Ornament collection in Washington DC and the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock as well as numerous private collections.