Carmen Ellis has had a passion for the visual arts since childhood.
She took to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon.
Her first cartoon like character was what she called a greeblie. It looked a bit like a dust bunny with antennas.
She would sit for hours with pencil and pad dreaming up fantasy drawings and making comic strips. She then became a cartoonist for her high school and college publications.
Throughout her life she has developed an appreciation for the surreal and the whimsical . Her childhood love for Halloween, Sammy Terri and the late night horror show turned into her now creepy cute folk art characters she named Spooky Hollow. The beautiful old farm house that her family moved into in 2009 inspired her to revive her characters. Her art and characters called Spooky Hollow got their name because of a hollow of old oak trees in the back of her home that led to the woods. Because of the farm house and the hollow of oak trees Carmen revived her characters leading to a children's book that will be released in the fall of 2014. She believes that everything in life really does happen for a reason.
Her love for illustration, sculpting and painting has turned into a fulfilling home career . She specializes in Halloween and Christmas folk art but loves to design for all occasions. Her goal was to appeal to collectors who favored her spooky style but to her surprise her work has been sought after by children’s magazines, publications and Halloween collectors. The lean towards children’s art has left the artist thrilled with the direction her art has taken.
Carmen is a wife and mother and works full time creating her art in her studio at her home.
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