10 Questions to the Artist – Sy Ellens

Ellens-02There’s still a week left to see our current Exhibit, by renowned painter Sy Ellens, in person.  Sy was also C2C Gallery’s 2015 ArtWalk Artist, and his wonderful entry still occupies our front window.  We asked Sy to answer the set of “10 Questions” we put to each of our Featured Artists, and he kindly took the time to do it for us.  If you’re near downtown Grand Haven this week, stop in the gallery to appreciate Sy Ellens’ beautiful and thought-provoking work for yourself…below is our Q&A with Sy…

 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
Ellen-Sy-profileI am often inspired by walking or biking in the countryside or while riding in a plane and observing the landscape. I’m in awe of the harmony of creation and have a desire to create beauty that lifts the spirit of the observer.
Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
Aerial landscapes
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Architect
What profession would you not like to do?
Be a chef
Who are your favorite artists?
Andrew Wyeth, Dean Mitchell, Claude Monet
What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
Ellens-01The brush
What is your favorite word?
Awesome
What is your least favorite word?
Crap
Who is your favorite musician?
Mozart
How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.
Kendall School of Design- graphic design and WMU- B.S.in art education

(you can also see Sy Ellens’ website here!)