Utilizing both traditional and oriental techniques -- and sometimes employing American Indian motifs -- Ellison depicts the varied wildflowers, animals, human inhabitants, and landscapes of the Smokies region. Ellison frequently gathers and processes native Appalachian plants to make the handmade papers she incorporates into her paintings. She uses black willow, mulberry, cattail, papyrus, rush, iris, wisteria, yucca, raspberry, blackberry, and more. She also does private lessons, just give her a call in advanced.