Ellison will incorporate torn and manipulated papers, such as handmade, oriental or tissue wrapping paper onto watercolor paper and then paint a simple landscape using this textured surface. She primarily paints in watercolor, but often incorporates acrylics or gouache to get the desired effect.
Although known for her watercolor paintings, Ellison also does acrylic and oil paintings, pottery, and makes her own paper. She often paints directly on the paper she makes from native Appalachian plants or uses her handmade papers to create texture collages in her watercolor or acrylic paintings. Local landscapes, native flowers and wildlife are among the subjects Ellison depicts in her unique impressionistic style that uses both traditional and oriental techniques along with American Indian motifs
The demonstration is sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the department of Cultural Resources.