the artist

Being an artist means making your personal vision tangible. Whether it’s your interpretation of an idea or a reality, the sharing of that interpretation — as a painting, photograph, or sculpture; as a dance, poem, or musical composition — is what art is all about.


When Ellen Fishburne’s vision becomes real, it often takes form as watercolor or mixed-media paintings. She finds natural history illustration fascinating, and produces work for publication in the South Carolina Wildlife magazine. Flowers, land- and water- scapes, still lifes, and portraits comprise some of her work as well.

She was fortunate to study with Ms. Louise Gilbert in Statesville, NC, and earned her BFA at East Carolina University. Alice R. H. Smith, Beatrix Potter,  John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Marc Chagall, and Vincent Van Gogh are some of the many artists whose work she admires.

Fishburne’s art may be seen at online at, and by appointment at her Columbia, SC studio. Fishburne has produced illustrations for the SC State Museum, USC Press, SCETV, and South Carolina Wildlife magazine. Her art has been shown in FCAC’s Arts on the Ridge, the SC State Fair, Florence Museum’s Miniature Art Competition, Crooked Creek Art League, NBSC Oil Painters’ Open Invitational, H. E. Corley Elementary School, and others. She was one of the first five members of Columbia SC’s About Face art group. Fishburne’s art is included in private collections throughout the Southeast.

She accepts commissions and offers private drawing lessons at her studio.

Contact Ms. Fishburne at

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