She was born in Rotterdam and currently lives and works in Noordwijkerhout.
She studied at the Art College and the School of Art in Rotterdam, and received further education at the ‘Akademie für Musisch-Kulturelle Bildung’ in Fürsteneck and Ratzeburg, Germany. Following a career as an arts teacher, Ellen now pursues her individual artistic path and her work is frequently exhibited throughout Holland. She also teaches courses in acrylic painting.
Her paintings embody an expressionistic and positive approach to nature, people, music and poetry. Her work is characterised by robust though intimate colours and clear structure.