Ellen Van Wyk
Ellen studied both art and neurobiology at the University of Washington and fortunately discovered how to combine her interests in the fields of natural science illustration and human computer interaction. She is going to graduate school to study how our cognitive capabilities affect our understanding of the natural world.
Graphite 17" x 11"
To bring the viewer to the same scale as this delicate, diminutive shell, I challenged myself to present it as a heavy, dense object. Whether I was successful or not, I enjoyed observing the complicated way light interacts with the object even at this trivial seeming size.
I create dramatic portraits by identifying features in the subject to render in high contrast, bold lines, and bright colors.