In 2016, the first of Ellie’s three daughters were born, which began her fascination with the themes of childhood. She began to write and illustrate content for children’s literature to align her creative endeavors with the developmental stages of her children. The artwork from Ellie’s current book project, “For You,” has been selected for 3 publications and 5 international juried exhibitions in 2022. “For You” is a visual celebration of the animals and insects of Ellie’s native garden zone, a pandemic retrospective, and a love letter to her daughters and late sister. Garvey is a 2022 Creative Arts Renewal Fellow; her 2022 exhibitions include “Food For Thought” (Los Angeles, CA), “Flowers 4 Peace and Prosperity” (Red Bluff, CA), “Women In Art” (Laguna Beach, CA), “Kingdom Animalia” (Biafarin Platform), “Art in the Time of Corona, Vol. 3” (Dab Art Co. Online Galleries), “We Are SNAG: Anthology 2022” (SNAG virtual catalog), and “Nocturnal” (Lyons, CO).
My name is Ellie Garvey and I am an Indianapolis-based jewelry artist and children’s book writer/illustrator. In both mediums, my work employs complex patterning, floral motifs, and the beauty of nature to evoke sentiment and promote a sense of well-being. My work is colorful and folk art inspired; it explores the relationship between delicacy and wildness, and it aspires to remind the observer of some long-forgotten magic that is still accessible to us all. It is my belief that vibrant folk art can draw upon timeless themes that rouse the spirit, reorient us with the ethos of childhood, and unburden the soul.