Laura Ellis was born in Minnesota, later lived in New England, then settled in New Mexico in 1990, each summer returning to an island in Maine. Her undergraduate studies included a year in London concentrating on ceramics and art history. Largely a self-taught painter, Laura has been painting for 20 years. Her work is shown in annual exhibitions and held in private collections across the United States and abroad. The mother of two grown daughters, she lives and paints in Santa Fe.