About

  • Artist Statement

bits, pieces, fragments

    creamy paint, dusty charcoal, inks, vibrating color

torn paper: painted, printed, inked 

       drawing, mark-making

deliberate, spontaneous, embodied 

histories, memories, layers 

   buried wisdom

 chaos/peace

s p a c i o u s ness

light and form 

vapor to solid

disintegrating / re-emerging

        decay and creation

The Desire to be in a State of Prayer


Visual art informed and compelled by buddhist practice and the desire to be in a state of prayer.

Come and look, see what you see - be in your world and know it is sacred.


”The art of pictorial creation…is so astronomical…it would take an act of super human concentration

to explain the final realization.” Hans Hoffman

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lost at sea


artist bio

My artist heart was first cracked open when, as a young teenager, I saw Michelangelo’s Pieta at the New York World’s Fair in 1964...

Ellen Liner is  long time Cambridge resident. 

She began studying painting and drawing at the 

Studio School of Cambridge Center for Adult Education, in 1998, where she met teachers Phil Press and Martin Mugar. For the next 4 years she was painting full time.

Living in the Cambridge area offers many resources for workshops and classes  in painting, printing and drawing which she has availed herself of.

When, in 2008 Ellen discovered Alexandra Sheldon’s painterly collage classes and workshops , she was hooked. 

Alexandra Sheldon continues to be a teacher, a mentor , and a friend. She and Ellen participate weekly in Buddhist  study and mediation group with Joel Baer.

Her studio is in Somerville Ma.

Ellen says, she “makes art because not to would be unthinkable.”