Laura Ellis was born in Minnesota, later lived in New England and in 1990 settled in New Mexico, each summer returning to an island in Maine.  Her undergraduate studies included a year in London studying ceramics and art history.  She later received a graduate degree and for many years provided healthcare as a nurse practitioner.  Life's unfolding led Laura to discontinue clinical practice and return to her love of making art.  Her work is exhibited annually and held in collections across the United States and abroad.