Ellen Blanchette has been an artist and photographer for over 40 years. Â Photography became a souce of artistic satisfaction and allowed her to continue a creative enterprise when other more demanding art forms became hard to fit into her sometimes hectic, often crowed life.
Ellen attended the Philadelphia College of Art in the 1960â€™s, where she studied with artists Karl Sherman and William Barnett. Â Always drawn to music as her first love, she moved to New York City in 1966 with dreams of working in musical theater. Â Life didnâ€™t work out quite that way. She settled in Brooklyn, married, and went back to college after the birth of her son Paul in 1970. Â Ellen completed her education at Brooklyn College, Â earning a BS in Art and an MFA in Creative Writing. Â She worked as a substitute teacher in the Brooklyn public schools, tutored students while studying at Kingsborough Community College, and worked as an administrative assistant in both corporate and non-profit businesses for 20 years before leaving New York City in 2002.
Ellen moved to Franklin County in Western Massachusetts seeking a quieter life and an opportunity to explore her creative side more fully. Â She became a reporter for the Athol Daily News, which gave her an opportunity to use her skills as a writer and photographer. Â She now writes for the Montague Reporter, a weekly local newspaper, and lives in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
About her work, she says, â€œPhotography is what happened to me while I was planning my life. Â When I go out with my camera, itâ€™s an adventure. Â I am looking at the world, waiting to be inspired. Â I want to see whatâ€™s new, different, exquisite. Â There is always something there, if I’m patient and look carefully. Â The world is an amazing place, full of secrets waiting to be disclosed.â€