Ellen Rutledge uses everyday imagery and found items as central themes in her original prints. Handwritten recipe cards and vintage ledger paper are overlaid with images of birds, porch chairs, or tricycles, evoking days gone by. Her work combines a sense of the familiar in the framework of a larger history. Taken together, her works reflect on how the familiar is imprinted with memory and emotion.
Each piece is completely handprinted and assembled by the artist, and no two are alike. By combining techniques including etching, chine colle, collage, and hand-coloring, Rutledge achieves a rich and beautiful surface.
Born in Nashville, Ms. Rutledge now resides in Seattle. Her work has been shown in various shows and galleries around the northwest and along the west coast. Her work is held in many private collections and in public collections including Nordstrom’s (Seattle and USA), Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (Seattle), Wyndham Hotels International, Corporate Headquarters (Dallas, TX), and Heartland, Inc. (Denver, CO). She is the recipient of a Merit Scholarship from Cornish College in Seattle, where she received her BFA. Her work also received First Place Honors in the Annual Juried Print Show of the Kirkland (WA) Arts Center.
Ellen Rutledge's artwork can be found at the Madison Art Collective at Baas Framing Studio and at the Seattle Art Museum Rental Gallery.