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Ellen Kaufman

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Born and raised in Colorado 

Daughter of two Jewish-Belarusian immigrants

My work often deals with individual’s relationships with their culture, their family, and struggles that impede the development of both personal and societal relationships. Through the use of dynamic, expressive brushstrokes, organic forms, and a wide range of color my work aims to create lively portraiture of subjects both human and not. The colors and strokes are instinctive and gestural and bring life to subject(s) and their story. Color and pattern are used to both evoke the identity of people and relationships and often highlights cultural heritage. Photography often inspires varying work which manifest in a variety of mediums:  acrylic, oil, ceramic, and sculptural. Mediums are often combined in order to evoke a fuller portrayal of feeling and identity of the subject of each piece.