Hand-Painted Flower Pots, Bird Feeders from Painted Seasons

Ellen Daly, owner/artist

Meet the artist!

As long as I can remember, I loved to draw and craft. Both my parents are very talented artists-- my dad in watercolors and wood carving and my mom in English Smocking, embroidery, and Early American Stenciling. As much as I loved and grew up around art, a career in International Business seemed more practical. But after graduating from college with a degree in French and a double-minor in German and Music, I still wasn't happy. I went back to school and earned a Masters in Elementary Education, and then taught second grade for five years.

While in grad school, I created a children's book, illustrations and all, and entered it into a state competition. Imagine my surprise when my book took top honors! Years later, after I left teaching to stay home with my two boys, I thought it would be fun to take some painting lessons. I took classes in Tole painting and the "One Stroke" method. One thing led to another, and my little hobby grew into a business. My annual Home Christmas Craft Shows began in 2004 and have become a local tradition.

With one son in college, another in high school, and a very supportive husband, I have more time to devote to my passions-- painting, decoupage, creating designs, scrapbooking, gardening and, most recently, photographing birds at my home in Virginia.

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you find the perfect gift and it brings much happiness!



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