Hi! I'm Ellen. I am a self taught artist, born and raised in Lafayette, LA. I've been painting all of my life, thanks to the creative influences of my older sister Erin. I never thought of my art as being anything other than a hobby until I returned to Lafayette from college...that's when I began to paint the Lebowski series. I always wanted to paint The Dude but as I had never painted portraits, or much of anything realistic, I was convinced that I couldn't do The Duder any justice. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally decided to go for it. So, while I still love some of my previous abstract work, I consider The Dude to be my first painting as a 'professional' artist. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have, and thanks for checking them out!