Her equine work, conversely, demands a freer hand as she seeks to capture the horse’s natural form and movement. Ellie uses charcoal and more fluid paints for this work..
By working intermittently on two very different subjects, Ellie has found that the two approaches seem to cross-pollinate. The looser drawing style of the equine work, feeding into the more structural work of townscapes. This brings new vitality into her painting style as well as composition, with the introduction of figures and animals.
Ellie is able to use the creative tension that arises from contrasting solid, architectural forms with the fluidity of a natural and dynamic subject. She finds that it creates a certain energy, which keeps the painting process always fresh and exciting.