Ella Fournier was born in Canada and has been living in the United States since 1997. She had always enjoyed sketching as a child, but it wasn’t until 2002 she began studying with Marcel Franquelin, first taking classes in drawing, then proceeding to oil painting the following year.
With her hobby turning into a full-fledged passion, she managed to produce over thirty drawings, primarily portraits, and five oil paintings in a two year period. These were displayed in her first exhibition, “Many Women, Many Cultures,” at Marcel’s Art Studio in Milltown, New Jersey in May, 2004. Portrayed in this exhibition were women of accomplishment in art and literature, and women of indigenous and foreign cultures.
In June 2004 Ella was accepted to participate in the juried competition at the Visual Arts Celebration in East Bruswick N.J., winning a Blue Ribbon award for Excellence for her oil painting Mi inProfile.” Also, in September 2004 she exhibited her portraits at the Montclair Open Artist Studio Tour.
In December 2004 she relocated to Maryland, and early in 2005 began studying traditional master techniques in still life oil painting with Baltimore artist Scott Royston. Some of her work has been displayed with Light Street Galleries in Baltimore and featured in their Small Works Exhibition in 2007. In 2008, she was accepted into the Maryland Portrait Society.
Ella is currently in the Lake Chapala region of Mexico, and is eager to continue drawing and painting, particularly focusing on the people, the culture and the landscape.