Ellen was born in Augsburg, Germany. When she was just a little girl her intrepid volcanologist father brought her and her family to an adventurous new life on other side of the world. She loved it so much that she decided to make New Zealand her home. Ellen now lives in the pretty little seaside town, Eastbourne in Wellington where she is happily married with 2 sons. Ellen’s love of European folk art, and her ever growing collection of 1950's Children’s Books and toys has inspired her very colorful illustration style. She studied graphic Art in Vienna and New Zealand and was awarded a New Zealand Diploma with Distinction in Design. Ellen has enjoyed being a freelance illustrator and designer for several years, her illustrations have been featured internationally on many products from children’s books, stationery and games to home wares, clothing and of course greeting cards! For a year and a half Ellen has realized her lifelong dream to own her own store. "ELLEN G" is located in Petone in New Zealand. It exclusively sells her own designs and is bursting with a fabulous variety of products from bags and cushions to framed prints, clothes and books and much more. Another passion is paper craft, she has created 3-dimensional paper hot air balloons, hearts, owls, people and animals. Ellen has also been commissioned to create 13 paper craft books. Ellen is now looking forward to adding to her ever-growing collection of whimsical children's illustrations!
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