Ellen Sherman is an abstract artist working in Ann Arbor, MI. Ellen began her artistic career as a digital painter and designer for a mobile game studio she helped co-found in 2009. In 2011 she left the position of Art Director behind and dedicated herself to a full time pursuit of exploring the natural world through her paint.

Ellen’s process is water-based and intuitive, and was largely developed during her 10 years of living in Miami, Florida. There she kindled her love of water and a deep fascination and respect for it’s movement and moods. This is explored in her sketches and paintings, where she relies on water as the vehicle for the pigment.

Her work has been displayed and collected across the US and internationally.

When not painting Ellen can be found hiking with her husband and dog, teaching workshops and tackling various home improvement projects.

Ellen received her BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University and has also studied at Arizona State University.


In my work I seek to examine moments found in nature; the patterns on the water, movements of stars, shadows cast in mountain fog, and distill these into and color and form on canvas.

Not unlike looking at clouds, everyone sees something different, each of us bringing our own memories, spirit and understanding to the paintings.

My process is intuitive and gestural; a balance between planned and unplanned elements, highlighting and exploring the tension in-between.

Current Work On View/Gallery Affiliations;

Solo Show: Thoughts on Water (6/2019 - 8/2019) The Inn at Harbor Shores, St. Joseph Michigan

Red Dot; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ann Arbor Art Center; Ann Arbor Michigan

Jenner McGinn Studio Gallery; Atlanta Georgia

NYA gallery; New York, New York

 Selected Exhibitions

Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea on Liberty; Featured Artist, Ann Arbor MI, 2019

Miss Kim; Solo Show, Ann Arbor MI, 2019

Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea on Washington; Featured Artist, Ann Arbor MI, 2019

REINCARNATE; Gallery and Market, Ann Arbor MI, 2018

Ann Arbor Art Center's Straight Up Summer Series, Ann Arbor MI, 2018

Ann Arbor Women's Center, Ann Arbor MI, 2018

Threads Festival, Ypsilanti MI 2017

Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Gallery, Miami FL 2016

Perspectiv Miami, Macaya Gallery, Miami FL 2016

EH Sherman at Madewell Miami Beach, Miami FL 2016

Square Foot Art Basel, Projects Gallery, Miami FL 2015

Water, Colors of Humanity Gallery, 2015

Ghost Gallery Extravaganza, Seattle WA, 2015

Lines, Northville Art House, Northville MI, 2014

Corpus Illuminata, Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI 2013

6×6 Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY 2013

South Florida Artist Showcase, Art Center of South Florida, Miami FL 2012

Fowler Arts Collective Postcard Exhibit, Brooklyn NY 2012

In Bloom: South Florida Watercolor Artists, Miami Beach FL 2012

Self Portrait Group Show, Brooklyn NY 2012

Sketchbook on Tour, Brooklyn NY 2011

Chapman Partnership Poster Exhibition, Miami FL 2011

Michigan State Design Exhibition, East Lansing MI 2008

Michigan State Undergraduate Show, East Lansing MI 2007

Bailey Scholars Art Show, East Lansing MI 2007


BFA, Studio Art, Michigan State University  2008


Sherman, Ellen (2018) Landscapes

Sherman, Ellen (2017) The Watercolour Ideas Book, Joana Goss pg. 64-65

Sherman, Ellen (2017) Small Moments of Great Vulnerability

Sherman, Ellen (2016) Morning Meditations. Makers Magazine, 2, pg.63-65

Sherman, Ellen (2015) My View in the Garden. Makers Magazine, 1, pg.23-27

Other Affiliations

Ann Arbor Women Artists (member)

Rise and Art (member and grant juror)

Featured In:

Studio Tour with Chairish

Ellen Sherman’s gorgeous blue paintings reminds us of Yves Klein, but more a calm ocean than a bolt of lightning. We sat down with Ellen to talk about her process and her what inspires her art!