Hi, I’m Ellen!
I’ve loved playing with color and all things creative for as long as I can remember. When other kids were playing sports, I was drawing and begging my parents for art lessons!
I graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration and headed to New York City where I found a job in the publishing industry and learned what it takes to produce a weekly printed publication. I married my college sweetheart and transitioned into the advertising and marketing industries working at various agencies in Chicago and San Francisco. I worked as a designer and art director on interactive campaigns for many brands including Experian, HP, Lancome and Whirlpool.
After our two children were born I began freelancing from our home in Columbus, Ohio and then in Phoenix, Arizona. I explored many creative endeavors from illustration and stationery design, custom watercolor house portraits, calligraphy for weddings, painting nursery murals and teaching art classes to children.
I officially founded Ellen Morse Originals upon returning to my hometown of Buffalo, NY in 2011. My many years of project management as well as clean, compelling graphic design ensures a seamless end-product for my clients. I have collaborated with many diverse businesses and non-profits to create marketing materials that attract attention and drive results.
In 2020 I began focusing my business on more illustration and surface pattern design. Now I marry my graphic design skills, illustration, patterns and hand lettering to help build custom brand identities for small businesses and non-profits. I also license my art for stationery, giftwrap, scrapbook pages, greeting cards, housewares, apparel and fabric.
My work is colorful and bold, inspired by nature and the many places I’ve lived. Most days you can find me in my home studio working beside our two rescue dogs.
Please contact me to see my latest collections, for licensing opportunities or to build your custom brand.
I always look forward to opportunities to partner with Ellen on a project. As a website project manager & designer, Ellen brings a level of knowledge, professionalism & organization that compliments her design expertise to take a project from start to finish. Ellen’s projects are well planned and smoothly implemented. She understands not only the design aspect of a website, but the marketing implications that drive the design and the reality of the implementation and use of that design.
Ellen does top notch work! She’s very helpful and customer service oriented.
Jason Myers, ChFC ®, CLU ®
Art created by Ellen has a range from soft pastel to bold colors, which offers variety. Her skills incorporating watercolor painting, graphic design and hand-lettering are specifically expressive when combined with themes of florals, nature, and abstract designs. Items featuring her surface patterns are unique, and eye-catching.
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom, M.A.A.ED.
Ellen has a heart for creative design. She is able to take a concept and make it come to life for all to see. She has an incredible work ethic. She always goes above and beyond, delivering much more than just a finished project. She adds her heart to her work, making it one of a kind!
I worked with Ellen on a couple of larger print production projects (program booklets) during my time at the Girl Scouts of Western New York. It was a pleasure to work with her for many reasons. First, she is extremely creative. Using her creative genius, she designed visually beautiful pieces for us that also adhered to our branding standards. Customers, staff members, volunteers, and the community at large often remarked at the pieces, sharing how beautiful they believed them to be and how well they fit with our brand.
For over ten years now, I have had the pleasure of working with Ellen Morse. She is a consummate professional–full of creativity, the master of innovative design, and exceedingly time conscious. I have worked with a number of graphic designers, and have found Ellen to be extremely responsive and a real blast to work with. I am very fortunate to have this relationship and connection. I highly recommend Ellen for any of your graphic design needs. She’s fantastic!