Grace Ellen is a self-taught, professional artist based in Surrey. Inspired by the great diversity seen in British nature and wildlife, each painting is truly unique and a snapshot of her experience at each location. At first glance, Grace’s paintings are almost photographic, a closer look reveals a painterly quality. This is created through her intuitive use of different texture mediums, sprays and inks alongside the paint. Growing up in a family of photographers encouraged Grace to capture the world around her from a young age and, now as a painter, it is a crucial stage in her work. Grace has an ability to compose creative and fulfilling compositions through the lens, that best describe the essence of each location. Her paintings are often from an eye level perspective, giving them an intimate quality that the viewer is invited to step into. Spending childhood years walking in the Surrey Hills and holidays to Cornwall and the Lake District, inspired her love of the outdoors and led to Grace choosing to study Animal Behaviour and Ecology at the University of Exeter. Learning about the conservation of such places, and the need for their protection, motivated Grace to start painting them and celebrating their natural beauty. She hopes one day to inspire the same interest in others through her art. Prizes: February 2020 - Bath Art Fair people's choice winner, January 2018 - Denbies Bacchus Award, people's choice winner, February 2018 - Visitors Choice award at Surrey Contemporary Art Fair, June 2018- Surrey Artist of the Year finalist.