Ellen Davison, a watercolorist and silk painter, began painting in Houston, TX in 1968. In 1971, Davison moved with her husband to Hollis, NH and began taking lessons from several New England artists; she was most influenced by Carlton Plummer, AWS, known for his Maine seacoast paintings.
Davison's watercolors represent her reaction to both natural and man-made environments. She is intrigued by texture, the contrast between light and dark, and the drama of changing light on an object or scene. To Davison the world is a paradox. How can something so solid and powerful be so fragile, something so beautiful and inviting be so dangerous? Sometimes she paints what she sees, other times she paints from her imagination, but they are all painted with a love for the subject and a thrill in the creative process. Davison's sister and brother-in-law, Islesford summer residents, are her connection to the island. It was love at first mail boat ride.
For fifteen years, Davison taught art at Jesse Remington High School in Candia, NH. She has taught for the Rivier Institute for Senior Education (RISE) in Nashua, NH, and for the Currrier Museum of Art's Art Center in Manchester, NH.
Davison's watercolors are in private and corporate collections. A four-foot by eight-foot mural of the town of Pepperell, MA, was commissioned by Conway Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. and hangs in the dealership. She shows her work through the Hollis Arts Society's venues and has won awards through the Nashua Area Artists Association and the Newburyport Artists Association.