We had the good fortune of connecting with Ellen Soffer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ellen, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was interested in something that I found personally meaningful. For me studio work in painting feels like a deep connection to life and myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a contemporary abstract painter working with canvas and paper, using mainly oils, but also gouache, acrylic, and watercolor. Currently I am really excited about working on several large mural-sized paintings in my studio. My current work focuses on color and movement. For me, it is important to continue to grow as an artist. I get a lot of satisfaction from being in the studio.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I was in Dallas and everything was open I would go the DMA, The Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Musuem of Asian Art. I would have lunch in the Nasher Sculpture center looking out at the sculpture garden. I would go to the wonderful commercial galleries in Dallas. For dinner I would go to Sachet on Oaklawn. The next day I would visit Fort Worth and go to the Modern and the Kimbell Museums. Then for lunch I would eat at one of the museum restaurants. For dinner I would go to Malai Kitchen. I would stop by Asel Art Supply and Half Price Books. I love to look at the art section at Half-Price Books. I have found great books there!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mary Tomás Gallery in Dallas, TX