studied Fine Art and Art History at York University, Toronto,
Canada. Her original concentration was in painting where she
worked on commissioned oil paintings. While photographing
subjects for use as a visual reference for her paintings, she
realized that her true passion was photography.
She was always fascinated with drawing and painting horses and was awed by the power and majesty of these magnificent, yet gentle creatures. Her formal training in university opened up new and exciting doors for her, exposing her to the drama contained in such works as, The Pharaoh’s Horses or Spirited Horses.
Upon leaving the city, she and her husband discovered the serene hills and valleys of the Niagara Escarpment and in particular Hockley Valley, which is just north of the GTA near Orangeville, Ontario in the Hills of Headwaters region. They decided to sell their house in the city and to purchase a small horse farm there. The Hills of Headwaters has one of the highest concentration of equestrian facilities in Ontario. Here you will find some of the country's premier horse breeding farms, coaching and training facilities, riding schools, equestrian ranches and a wide range of equestrian events including the 2015 Pan Am Games which are being held in Palgrave.
Now in her new home surrounded by many magnificent horse farms, and a horse owner herself, she travels with a camera as her constant companion, a tool that more readily allows her to record the subtleties of the horses’ actions and interactions. “I seek to convey the remarkable spirit of the horse, with all its strength and its seemingly contradictory fragility". With the advent of new technology, Ellen has now been able fuse her painting skills, photography and technology manipulating them together in the digital darkroom. This further allows her to explore the possibilities of unlimited creative expression, transforming her work into stunning pieces of quality equine fine art.
Her rural and equine photographs are taken in a variety of locations on the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail. This unique ecosystem in Ontario has been recognized since 1990 by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. These photographs are a celebration of the pristine beauty surrounding us in an area which some are privileged to call home, while still others are thrilled to trek here from the city during weekends and summer vacations.
Ellen Cameron's equine photography reveals an artistic view combined with the technical accuracy of a knowledgeable horsewoman.
Exhibitions and Accomplishments
In the Hills Magazine,
2014, photographs for the article, The Thrill of Show Jumping.
In the Hills Magazine,
Sept 2014, photographs for the article, Cross
Country at a Gallop.
Artist in Residence, March
2013, cover artist and article contribution, In the Hills Magazine