Creative Spotlight: Ellen McCann
My name is Ellen, or Nelle as i’m also known. I’m originally from a small town in Westmeath, Ireland but i’ve been living in Galway city the past eight years. From a very young age i’ve been creating art. Whether it was drawing on paper or drawing on walls, art was something I was always interested in.
After finishing school I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to go in, so I decided to do a one year PLC in Art and Design. During that time I was given an amazing opportunity to work and live in Barcelona for almost a month as part of the Leonardo project. Barcelona is such a creative city and I owe a lot to the time I spent there. It has made me who I am today.
After the PLC and visiting Barcelona, I wanted to further my studies in Art, so I moved to Galway to study Art and Design, or more specifically print design, for four years. After three years I decided it wasn’t what I had hoped so I dropped out. The following year I went back to give it a second chance, but after a few months I realised that particular course just wasn’t for me so I dropped out again for the last time. I decided to put art on the long finger for a while.
It wasn’t until February 2015, four years later, that I decided to get back into art.
I was browsing through my Instagram feed and came across some impressive digital artists that really inspired me. Digital art was something I had very little knowledge of, but I wanted a new challenge so I taught myself Photoshop and Illustrator.
I discovered a new found love for art.
My dad’s ill health was another factor which gave me the drive and motivation to be successful in what I love. Not only that my own health was also a factor as I suffer with anxiety, but when I’m creating art it feels like therapy for me.
This past year has been an exciting one. Many celebrities, brands and designers have recognised my illustrations and I was lucky enough to work with some of the big names in the industry. One such person being Kim Kardashian.
At the moment my art style is quite versatile. I’m still figuring out what I like and what I don’t. I think part of the fun is experimenting and continuously learning. Personally I think that’s the best way to succeed and grow as an artist.
Some artists who inspire me are Miss Led, Paper Fashion, Loish, Liz Clements and Megan Hess. They’re all quite different to one another but they each fascinate and inspire me in different ways, be it colour, technique, shape, texture, I just really love what they do.
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