Carey Armstrong-Ellis

Carey Armstrong-Ellis is a contemporary narrative oil painter her realistic style brings life to subjects that include toys and everyday objects.
Inspirations: Jim Henson and Edward Gorey, Adam Rex and Lane Smith. Sydney Bella Sparrow, Sean Beavers, Teresa Fischer, Otto Lang, and Jonathan Queen.

Notable Exhibitions:
The Gallery at 100 Market Street, Portsmouth NH, Lucy’s Art Emporium in Dover NH. Abacus Craft Gallery in Portland ME, PS Galleries, Ogunquit ME and Dallas TX, Muskingum College, New Concord OH, York Public Library, York ME, The Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth NH.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Education: Earlham College in Richmond IN – majored in biology. After completing graduate studies in biology and zoology, Carey started her artistic career painting lighthouses on lobster buoys. Following that stint, she began creating off beat fiber pieces using animals, vegetables and humans (sort of) as subject matter. This work has shown in galleries across the country.

In 1999, she decided to try her hand at illustration based on a story she’d written coupled with her daughter’s obsessive collecting habit. Here’s where Carey turned to paper and paint for the first time. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., picked up her work releasing it, to the public, in 2002. She continues to write, illustrate and publish.Carey’s illustrations, using gouache and colored pencil or acrylics, are quite humorous – “The darker and more skewed the better,” she says. Among others, her most important influences include Edward Gorey, Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss, and Lane Smith. More recently, Carey’s been dabbling in oils, setting up toys and other objects gleaned from her own, somewhat obsessive, collecting habit. She imagines what her toys might be doing while she’s not around – going on adventures, attacking one another, trying to escape from her over-crowded studio, etc., and paints them for your visual and visceral pleasure.