Hi, I’m Ellen.

One of the ways I express my creativity is through ethereal, multi-dimensional paintings that invite you into my dream-like worlds….
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I am a South African-born writer, artist and filmmaker, currently residing in Arizona. I was educated in South Africa and Britain and immigrated with my family to the USA in 1987.

I have also been a game inventor, advertising consultant, hydroponic farmer, special education teacher, television scriptwriter (adult documentary and children’s animation), college instructor (English, Humanities, Creative Writing) and co-publisher of a college press.

I began painting about 12 years ago and my art has been exhibited in a number of galleries. I am the author of more than a dozen published books ranging from fiction/fantasy to poetry and non-fiction, many of which I have illustrated. It has been my pleasure to have written and lectured extensively on the subjects of creativity.

Media & Interviews


On Reno Tahoe Tonight

Ellen discusses creativity and inspirations with fellow writer/artist Jill Glenn and show host Oliver X. You can read about both Jill and Oliver in CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CREATIVITY. 


On Arizona Originals

Ellen discusses creativity, perfectionism, balancing the practical with the possible, and the importance of taking action and moving forward.
You can see the full post here.

Online Gallery

Connect with Ellen’s teachings and with her ethereal, multi-dimensional paintings. View her art, buy products & prints.



Hone your skills with Ellen’s insights on creativity and self exploration.

A Fantasist & A Scientist in Conversation

The World of Glimpse


Conversations about Creativity

Have You Ever Had a Hunch

I Touched a Star In My Dream Last Night



I have completely fallen in love with Ellen’s creative perspective of the world. Her pieces inspire me to add more color and creativity to my life.

Gael Gilliland

Aspiring Art Collector


[An] insight and perception that made me reach deep inside myself and pull out my potential.

Annette Tucker



The World of Glimpse … the full frontal sensory barrage is unlike anything I’ve encountered outside of Walt Disney’s Fantasia – yet this is a book!

Oliver X

Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine


Think Emerald

Think Emerald

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere. -Albert Schweitzer I love green and use its various hues quite frequently in my paintings. Green features at times in my writings, too, and certainly in my perceptions. I feel awed by the diversity of how the color presents itself,...



The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir Mountains call to us in different ways: We might want to climb them, write about them, photograph or film them or simply contemplate their majesty, cragginess and the changing hues as the hours pass. We might also be moved to paint them....



There is a wide, yawning black infinity. In every direction, the extension is endless; the sensation of depth is overwhelming. And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and...

A Connectivist or a Specialist?

A Connectivist or a Specialist?

Specialist: a man who knows more and more about less and less. Dr. William J. Mayo, Co-founder of the Mayo Clinic   A friend told me recently that when people learn about the many things I do, it can be overwhelming for them to digest. This made me pause and think that she might have a...


Welcome to the World of Glimpse

Ellen gives a brief overview of her book and video of The World of Glimpse, a theatrical, humorous fantasy realm of Joy, Luminous Color and Creativity inhabited by the Glimpsibles. Let your imagination take hold and join her where negativity and positivity collide.

Songs and Sounds of the Universe

If you shut your eyes,
you’ll hear
some cosmic verse…
songs and sounds of the Universe.

Our Earth, Our Choice

We can if we choose, try to preserve the precious and glorious biodiversity of our planet for our children, their children – and for all the species and ecosystems with whom we coexist.