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Ellen Mason pursued studies at Syracuse University (1970) and SUNY Purchas (1976-1977). She attended seminars at Silvermine Guild (1978-1988) and Yale University (1979-1981).

Through her art, she explores her interest in the landscape. Although not site-specific, her paintings and drawings result in passages dealing with mark-making, tension, and references to organic forms. Her work is built up with a series of marks that are layered, and often opened up to create either delicate or bold statements. The process has always been a key element in her work. Ms. Mason loves to explore different mediums, and her recent drawings in Conte crayon, pastel, and ink have transcended her work to a new level of awareness.

Her work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions at Washington Art Association, Washington, CT (1992); Pindar Gallery, New York, NY (1992); Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL (2006); and Arts and Humanity Building, Sarasota, FL (2011). She has received several awards including winning the Art Annual Competition, Stamford, CT (1993); Best of Show, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Award, 62nd Annual State-Wide Symposium and Exhibition, Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL (2012); Pen Women Biennial Exhibit, Washington D.C. (2012); Florida Artist Group Merit Award, 48th Pen Woman Biennial, Atlanta, GA (2014); and the Special Merit Award, Florida Artist Group, Art Center Manatee, FL (2015);