“Aspiring Arch” by Ellie Wilson

“Aspiring Arch”


20 x 24 in.

Growing up in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah, Ellie Wilson’s love for nature and beauty grew at an early age. After painting outdoors for the first time as a young college student, she knew she had found what she wanted to do with her art. Upon graduating with a BFA from Brigham Young University, she sold-out a 22-piece solo show and launched her professional career.

To capture the vitality of natural scenes, all of Ellie’s landscapes begin as plein air studies using a limited palette. Through rigorous efforts in school, studying independently and working with several influential landscape painters, Ellie has gained a greater understanding of value, edge control, and composition. She paints outdoors every week to keep her eye fresh, but generally finishes her work in her studio. She keeps her paints with her on the road at all times so she’s prepared to capture a beautiful skyline, storm, or sunset.

Ellie will be a first-time participant in the Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational this fall. She will be joined by 23 other artists who will be painting in the park November 6-12, giving free demonstrations and selling their work to support the Zion National Park Forever Project. As the official nonprofit partner of the park, the Forever Project provides much-needed funding for park improvements and programs.

For more information, please visit https://zionpark.org or call 435.772.3264.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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