Ellen Hathaway

Taste and See, 2019. Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 36″

Sola, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″

Mirage, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12″

By the River, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12″

Tickled, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12″

The Beginning or the Ending? (Diptych), 2019. Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 40 inches. (each canvas, 60 x 20 inches)

Breaking Apart, 2013. Acrylic on canvas with fiber paste, 36 x 36 x 2″

Burning, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 x 3″

New Paintings by Ellen Hathaway
6 January – 17 February 2017
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LYdM turns 20 in 2015
9 January – 1 February 2015
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Passages: New Paintings
Ellen Hathaway
10 January – 16 February 2014
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Ellen Hathaway
5 January – 12 February 2012
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For Ellen Hathaway, making art is more about process than product. Her first memory of creating a picture is as a child scratching into wooden windowsills in her childhood home. After receiving degrees from The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, pursuing careers in media advertising followed by teaching, Ellen left the workforce to concentrate her energies on homemaking and family; it was during this season that her desire to draw and paint reemerged and clarified. She has directed her art education through committed experimentation and study with notable instructors Steven Aimone, and Ron Boehmer. Ellen believes, “While life offers pain, loss and confusion, it is really the gift of our amazing human capacity for love, connection and restoration that challenges us – learning to experience life as infinite not finite is what being an art-maker is about…. a verb more than a noun.”

After calling Charlottesville home for 30 years, Ellen now lives and paints in Raleigh, NC. She is married to Curtis Hathaway, and they have two daughters Brooke and Anne Clark.

2014-Present Professional development with Steven Aimone
2000-Present Workshops and private instruction from select teachers
1989 MT, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
1983 BA Radio-Television-Motion Pictures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1981 AA, Saint Mary’s College

Selected Exhibitions
2019 Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC
2018 Contemporary Color featuring Ellen Hathaway, Judy Crane, Ashley Hines, The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake, VA
2018 FRESH, Artspace, Raleigh, NC Juror: Jennifer Dasal, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2018 Interpretations: Ellen Hathaway, Juliet Burrus, Kevin LePrince, City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC
2018 Through the Artist’s Eyes, Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH,
2018 Annual Applewhite Invitational, City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC, in collaboration with North Carolina
Literary Review, 2013 to present
2017 Source: New Paintings by Ellen Hathaway, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA (Solo)
2017 Coastal Landscapes:Ellen Hathaway, Robert Irwin, GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2017 Abstract Invitational, The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake, VA
2016 Scope 2016, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, Juror: Daniel Fuller, Atlanta Contemporary, GA
2016 A Sense of Place, Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2016 Discover, Connect and Collect: New Gallery Artists, The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake, VA
2015 Passages: Ellen Hathaway, Roundabout, Raleigh, NC, Juror: Jesma Reynolds, Walter (Solo)
2015 Bloom: Ellen Hathaway, Westminster-Canterbury, Richmond, VA (Solo)
2014 Passages: New paintings by Ellen Hathaway, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA (Solo)
2014 Summer Salon: Peter Butler, Kim English, John Gaitenby, Ellen Hathaway, David Nance, Mike Rooney, City Art
Gallery, Greenville, NC
2013 Synergia: Artists Evolving, Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA
2012 Epiphanies: New Paintings by Ellen Hathaway, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA (Solo)
2011 Life in Transition: Ellen Hathaway, Academy of Arts, Lynchburg, VA (Solo)
2011 42nd Annual River Road Art Show, Lousiana Arts and Artists’ Guild, Juror: Pam Ingalls
2010 Of One: A Series of Multi-panel Works, National Institute of Health, Curated by Lillian Fitzgerald
2010 Of One: A Series of Multi-panel Works, New City Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, VA
2008 Grand Re-opening, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
2007 Emerging& Established, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

Corporate Collections
Martha Jefferson Hospital’s Permanent Collection, Charlottesville, VA
Battle Building at The Children’s Hospital
Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA
Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC

Residencies and Grants
2018 United Arts Council of Wake County, NC Professional Development Grant
2017 SearstoneGrant, Artist-in-Residence for Total Life Center facilitating creative sensory experiences for
adult day residents

North Carolina Literary Review Online Issue 2017, Published by East Carolina University
Sarah Sargent, Passages: Allegories of Consciousness, Exhibition Catalogue, January 2014
Vail Stewart Rumley, “Making Marks a Daily Devotion” Washington, The Magazine, May/June 2014
Greg Huddleson, “Synergia of Charlottesville” The Piedmont Virginian, August 2013
Ellen Hathaway, Epiphanies: Revelations from the Art to the Artist, Exhibition Catalogue, January 2012

Teaching Experience
Corporate Creativity Program @ Artspace, Using Abstract Art to build Communication, Community, and Creativity
Artspace Summer Arts Program, Let’s Paint! 5-7 year olds
NC State Craft Center, Driven to Abstraction, Adult workshop

My paintings are about generation, about visualizing vibrancy using organic forms found in nature.

Collaboration between intuition and discipline, I first begin with observation creating drawings and then compose paintings in the studio.  I seek a dynamic essence with expansive paint – layering, building texture, and pushing color – to create an effect that is both generous and unexpected. Inviting one within the painting to meditate intimately, imagery dissolves into expressionism, becoming more about paint, gesture and energy. 

In my view, art is a relational experience, happening simultaneously on different planes, be it between art and artist, art and viewer, or artist and viewer. My paintings invite engagement and contemplation, touching others in ways that I will never fully know. Ultimately, my desire is to embrace art’s potential to connect, affirm, and spark joy.