Ellie Harman, who sold her first art work at the young age of seven at a street fair with the help of her artist older brother, has been an artist in Lexington, Kentucky for the past seventeen years. Her artwork consists of realistic and abstract working primarily in acrylic (and other mixed mediums such as coffee grounds) paintings, mosaics, and jewelry. Often one will find the subject and themes of Harman's artwork consist of eyes, tree and always the incorporation of some type of bird, as Harman's middle name is Dove, as it is in a way the artist's own signature. Harman finds inspiration through nature, current events, her family (especially from her husband Tim and daughter, Meghan) and her soul. She as well does custom portraits of people, pets, as well as custom murals and jewelry designing.
"I find the deeper I look into myself the more I enjoy my work." - Ellie Harman
Originally from Buffalo, New York, and the youngest of four, Ellie Harman grew up being surrounded by art due to having an artistic family. She attended college for commercial art but ended up with a career in finances. During her professional career she continued to have a love for the arts, especially creating jewelry as a hobby. After leaving her career in finances two years ago, Ellie and her husband Tim, had always talked about opening a shop that featured food and art. In the beginning of 2015 this became reality when the two of them opened up High on Art and Coffee off East High Street. One side of the shop features around 96 artists (mostly locally found artists) and their artwork for sale, while the other side allows the purchase of coffee, sandwiches, and other types of food.
Ellie's artwork has been featured in her own shop, High on Art and Coffee, as well as the Lexington Gallery Hop at Christ Church Cathedral. Her artwork can also be viewed on her website and Facebook page, Ellie Dove's Design (links to websites are listed above).
"To me the bottom line is to share the art and help other people to be able to get exposure" - Ellie Harman