Janis Ellison was born in California and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the western states. While living in New Mexico she was drawn to the dramatic landscape of the high desert and discovered painting in pastels. She studied with many of the great pastelists of this century; Albert Handell, Bob Rhom, Clark Mitchell, Gill Dillinger, Terri Ford, Elizabeth Mowry, and since moving to Grants Pass in 2006 is a member of The Wednesday Group, an advanced group of artists who mentor with Richard McKinley.

Janis taught Special Education for 39 years and is becoming a popular pastel teacher at Central Art Supply in Medford where she shares her knowledge, skills, techniques and passion for Pastel painting. She is most inspired by the landscape and paints plein air whenever she can, traveling extensively in the spring, summer and fall. Her honors include IAPS Master Circle, signature membership in PSA, PSWC, SPS, NPS, and Master Pastelist with PSO. She has been published in Pastel Journal and Southwest Art.

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"Summer Blush" Pastel
“Summer Blush”


"Thundering Waters" pastel
“Thundering Waters”


"Sacred Pools" oil
“Sacred Pools”


"Fall Glow" pastel
“Fall Glow”


" Desert Light" pastel
” Desert Light”


"Afternoon Vines" pastel
“Afternoon Vines”



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