Ellen grew up in Manhattan, Kansas, surrounded by the Konza prairie. Being so close and connected to nature, she was inspired by both its beauty and biology. She received her BFA from Emporia State University with a Printmaking major and Biology and Art History minors. After gaining experience in both fine arts and healthcare, she decided to combine her passions by becoming a medical illustrator.

Ellen recently completed her Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There, her research project was a 3D animation of the protein interactions involved in synaptic vesicle exocytosis. She was also an intern at the Journal of the American Medical Association, where she received professional training in medical illustration and design.

Ellen now works as a medical illustrator for SpineCraft, a surgical implant and instrument company in Westmont, Illinois.