South African-born writer and artist, Ellen Palestrant, currently resides in Arizona. She was educated in South Africa and Britain and immigrated with her family to the USA in 1987. Palestrant has been a writer, artist, creativity expert, game inventor, hydroponic farmer, special education teacher, television scriptwriter (adult documentary and children’s animation), film producer, college instructor (English, Humanities, Creative Writing) and co-publisher of a college press.
Her published books include: Nosedive, Johannesburg One Hundred, Remembering Dolores, I Touched a Star in My Dream Last Night, Have You Ever Had A Hunch? The Importance of Creative Thinking, Pretzel On Prozac: The Story of An Immigrant Dog, The World of Glimpse and If You Can Make It, Mr. Harris… So Can I (and accompanying workbook).
Her ethereal, multi-dimensional paintings invite viewers into her dream-like worlds…
“When I paint, I begin with a sense of what I want and then feel my way. As my boundaries of reality disappear, uncensored spontaneity takes over and I enter my world of dreams. My journey into fantasy is open-ended; anything can happen. My fleeting images undulate simultaneously on varied surfaces. Using a combination of acrylic paints, watercolor, and iridescent inks, I create a complex color spectrum. In addition to being a painter, I am also a film producer and the author of nine books, four of which I have illustrated. I have lectured extensively on the subject of creativity.”