Ellen Pearce is the daughter of Clara Kent Pearce-the Kents' third child, second daughter-and Charles A. Pearce-once a partner in the publishing firm Duell, Sloan, and Pearce of New York, publishers of Kent's book, This Is My Own. |
Ellen first displayed her artwork in 1964 and has shown in several group and one-woman exhibits. Her primary subjects are landscapes and the human figure in medias res, as she says, and her primary medium is acrylics. Ellen states that her artwork "shares some of the concerns she feels as a writer: a striving to evoke rather than present, an interest in psychology as well as visual form." She acknowledges learning dramatic, symbolic gesture from her grandfather's illustrative work.
In Ellen's composite piece, Brave Old World, she addresses the "tension" she believes exists between nature (paint on canvas) and humankind (affixed paper). This "tension" may be as natural as the "seasons of a population," as she contends. However, as her grandfather illustrated in The New Year After World War III, humankind's impact on the natural world is often the byproduct of our own greed and shortsightedness.
As a writer Ellen has co-authored Rockwell Kent's Forgotten Landscapes (Down East Books, 1998) with Scott R. Ferris, authored her own Life in (very) Minor Works (October House, 1968), and has contributed to numerous anthologies and journals, including The Christian Science Monitor, Exposures, and Orion.
Ellen was raised in Tarrytown, New York. She has lived and worked in Europe, as well as, New York, Ohio, Colorado, Washington, and Missouri, where she currently resides with her husband, Fred Goss.