Hi, I’m Ellen!
I’m an artist, wife and mom. 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. I learned page layout on the job at Editor & Publisher. There I learned to perfect a keen attention to detail and accuracy, and what it takes to produce a weekly printed publication. Next, I transitioned into the advertising and marketing industry designing marketing materials for clients such as BASF and The NYS Bar Association. In the mid 90s I moved to Chicago and landed a spot in the marketing department of one of the ‘Big Six’ accounting firms, Arthur Andersen, LLC where I gained valuable marketing and business experience.
I started with website design at it’s inception, and was on the ground floor of a startup interactive agency in Chicago. I learned HTML and designed numerous websites including Experian’s first site. I also created designs for The Alzheimer’s Association, legal giant Mayer Brown, and an e-commerce site for children’s retailer, One Step Ahead.
After four years I said goodbye to the Windy City and moved to San Francisco to work for Publicis, an international advertising agency, as an Interactive Art Director. I worked on campaigns for many brands including HP, Lancome and Whirlpool.
After the birth of our daughter we left San Francisco and moved to Columbus, Ohio. We welcomed our son a few years later. After 5 years in Buckeye country, our family landed in Phoenix, AZ. During this time period I worked on illustration projects, calligraphy jobs, painted nursery murals and taught art classes to children.
I officially founded Ellen Morse Originals after my family and I left sunny Arizona and returned to my hometown of Buffalo, NY in 2011. It was at this point that I put my marketing and design skills to work for businesses and non-profit organizations as an independent contractor. My many years of project management as well as clean, compelling graphic design ensures a seamless end-product that attracts attention and drives results. I have built an impressive client list collaborating with many diverse businesses and non-profits.
Feel free to contact me to set up a complimentary 30-minute consultation to see how I can help your business. When you hire me, you are ensured a custom design geared specifically for your business. I take the time to listen to what you need, offer my expertise and work with you to achieve results. I am committed to building a partnership with you and your organization.
Starting in 2021, I began freelancing in illustration again and concentrating my work as a surface pattern designer. Contact me to see my latest collections and for licensing opportunities. My work would work well in stationery, giftwrap, scrapbook pages, housewares and fabrics.
Looking for my designs on products? Check out my Society6 shop!