Ellen Gordon is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who creates plaster works derived from fresh botanical material. An imprint of the live plant is made in clay to create a mold; it is then removed and the mold is filled with extra dense plaster to capture the intricate detail of each plant and leaf. Some pieces retain the stained color of the clay it was cast from, and some are hand-painted with water colors. All pieces are sealed with a matte varnish. Her pieces are created for hanging and for resting on a shelf or table.
Her work is inspired by the beauty and mystery of the botanical world which sustains us all. Her passion the nuanced world of color.
Ellen has been making art in one form or another for 30 years. As well as working with plaster and clay, she is a water-colorist and paints in Gouache and Acrylics.