I am a full-time letter artist and illustrator specializing in bespoke typography and botanical imagery.
Vibrant produce, chrome tractor emblems, and weathered, hand-lettered signs were a significant presence when I was a kid on my family's corn farm in New Jersey. Old growth trees and tangling weeds flourished and faded. Though it would be years until such deeply rooted influences would manifest in my work, these scenes moved me to create.
I studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, then spent seven years in San Francisco. Following that, I lived in Auckland, New Zealand, and began to draw flowers. After one year, I returned to the East coast to study typeface design at The Cooper Union's Type@Cooper program in 2014.
I now work independently from a cozy, historic farmhouse between New York City and Philadelphia. When I'm not drawing plants and letterforms, I can be found doing a spastic Lindy hop, stalking flowers with my camera, or gallivanting outdoors. I travel whenever possible and return to New Zealand regularly for creative nourishment and inspiration.
In addition to client work, I teach workshops in watercolor, hand drawn typography, and botanical drawing, and do live drawing performances, sometimes in collaboration with local musicians. If you would like to host a workshop or performance at a museum, school, or event, please get in touch! I welcome collaborations and opportunities to build creative community.
Facebook, Williams-Sonoma, ALDO, The Body Shop, Emma Roberts, The Tampa Bay Times, Similac, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Well + Good
New Zealand & abroad
RUBY Label, Ceres Organics, BBC Good Food Magazine, L'Actualite Magazine, Pasture Restaurant AKL
• Communication Arts Typography Annual 2013 & 2017
• Print Regional Design Annual 2006 & 2008
• Applied Arts Design Awards 2010
• Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards 2010
This site was created using the Squarespace theme Avenue. To my dear web-whiz friends who have advised and supported me in making over this site, you know who you are. Thank you.
The Ellis logotype is handwritten by me. Portrait taken by Nick Tidmarsh in beautiful Whangamata, New Zealand.
The typeface used throughout this site is Maiola by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione at TypeTogether. Fonts hosted by Typekit.
Many of the documentation photographs on this site appear with credit. Those without are taken by me.