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 studying ceramics and art history in London.  She later received a graduate degree and for many years provided healthcare as a nurse practitioner.  Life's unfolding led Laura to take a break from clinical practice during which time she returned to her love of making art.  She has since been painting for over 20 years.  Her work is exhibited annually and held in collections across the United States and abroad.