October 7th, 2016 – 2:11 pm

October 15-16 & 22-23


Come and Be Welcomed

Catalogs available locally with maps! It’s all free.

Gone Too Soon

July 5th, 2016 – 10:10 am

Ellie Tyler has left us…you have gone too soon my deerheart…

yet, you leave behind you timeless images. Thank you for allowing us to see through your lens the deep passion you had for the earth, a love captured with your heart connected to your eyes. You will be missed.

Out of Nothing…Beauty is born

October 10th, 2015 – 3:04 pm

Sámi are also known as Lapps or Laplanders, from the Swedish word lapp which means patch. It’s a recognition of the clothing Saami wear, garments made of colourful pieces of cloth. Many consider this a derogatory term, a sort of looking down on poverty, but for myself it fits well. We were raised to utilize everything, find beauty in usefulness, and to make things useful, beautiful. Everything I do is made of bits and pieces, even my paintings which are cut apart, then reassembled to form a whole of a different quality.

Sámi bracelets are crafted of bits and pieces of renskinn and antler. Tenn, a kind of pewter made with silver spun around sinew, is used to embroider designs of timeless tradition - duodji. Bits and pieces that would otherwise be thrown away transform through patience into beauty.

This year in the studio there will be duodji, tradional bracelets, but also my own interpretations of old stories embroidered with Tenn into reindeer skin. From bits and pieces offered by earth comes a series of Ullas, mythical entities with ancient wisdom.


October 9th, 2015 – 12:42 pm

Two Weekends : October 17-18 & 24-25


Come & be welcomed


 Painting: Lost in February, 30″ x 44″ framed, watercolour, lacquer on paper, collage elements.

Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival

March 8th, 2015 – 3:54 pm

Join us in a unique location - the 29 Palms Art Gallery

It’s very likely to be an outstanding weekend for flowers!!

Art & Flowers that’s pretty good stuff.





December 7th, 2014 – 11:25 am

Classes & Workshops

The studio will be once again throwing it’s doors open to shared space, classes resume February 2015.
Sacred Stone


This a beginner class, but even those who have been painting for a while will pick up something new. People often share how frustrating they find watercolour. This class presents techniques using a very limited palette of highly compatible pigments to almost guarantee no “mud” results. Some unique methods are presented, including stretching paper, that come from my 40 some year passion with the medium.

Monotype on Gelli

Wow, I discovered gelli pads last year and can only say it’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time!

Monotype is a one-off print. The gelli pad process uses acrylic paint and inexpensive paper to make rich prints. There is nothing like something new to get the creative juices flowing.

Mixed Media

A process which combines a little of this and a little of that. My signature work is technically mixed media; watercolour, lacquers, konaunmo (ground shell) and other things are combined, I cut apart traditionally painted watercolours then play, reassemble… Basically  we do much the same in class and have a lot of fun, it’s a fabulous way to stretch skills.

No experience required for any of the above classes, just come with a desire to have fun. It’s my philosophy that doing is the best way to learn.

Image: Sacred Stone, monotype © Ellen Hill, 2014

A calendar of classes and workshops will be coming soon, along with details for each class including suggested materials list.  In the mean time you can contact me with dates you would like to participate and I’ll do my best to make that happen.


I keep my classes limited to 4-6 people so that everyone gets a lot of one on one. If you have a minimum of 2 people besides yourself you can schedule a class just for yourselves! This works very well for people who drive from a distance.

In general the classes run from 9am-noon or 10am-2pm with a break for lunch. The cost is $45 per person. If there is a material fee it will be quite minimal. It’s all about art!

contact Ellen Hill:

Early Winter

December 6th, 2014 – 3:28 pm
Early winter, the last colours of Autumn fill the eyes and lift the heart, perhaps this is my favorite season.Early Winter

First let me say thanks, with a heart over-flowing with gratitude, to all who have sent prayers and kind thoughts out to my mother and me, while she has been going through treatment for advanced cancer. The news is all good. Everything seems to be going a wee bit slower than anticipated, and we go with the rhythm required, therefore, classes will be resuming in February instead of Mid-January.

Over the next few days, I will be posting descriptors on what will be happening in the studio when the days of lengthening light return.

Open Studio 2014

October 23rd, 2014 – 11:44 pm

Come and be welcomed!


There are new things; monotypes and collage, paintings and Saami jewelry.



Two weekends : October 24 & 25 and November1&2

9am- 5pm

Maps and catalogs are available locally covering all the artists participating.

Sewing Saami Bracelets

October 23rd, 2014 – 9:50 pm

Duodji - the way of Saami. Our tradition. Keeping alive my culture….

Remembering our connections.

A long walk home

October 23rd, 2014 – 9:00 pm
Looking westSometimes there is nothing to do except live in the moment and knit. So it has been the past many months. Knitting in waiting rooms while the woman who helped me pick up slipped stitches as a child received radiation and chemo. Hats and more hats were knit on circular needles, no pattern, just casting on and knitting, letting it all happen as it would.

We are on the other side now. Remarkably it looks like a cure and already strength is finding its way back into my mother’s life.

And for me…I’m in the river again, floating on the wonderful currents of creativity!!