Ellie has 20 years experience in developing and designing educational classes for adults and young people and is a specialist in educational programming and docent training. She received her B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1985 and her M.A.T. in museum education from George Washington University in 1987.
Ellie believes in giving back to the community and through her pet portraits, she donates a portion of all pet portrait commissions to a variety of pet rescue organizations including Fallston Animal Rescue Movement, Harford County Animal Rescue and the Maryland ASPCA.
Ellie is a member of the Harford Artists Association, and Arts by the Bay Gallery. She is a former member of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Program Committee,the Towsontowne Rotary Club and the Charcoal Club of Baltimore
Ellie – Thank you so much for creating the beautiful portrait of my dog, Lucy. It is already framed and hanging proudly in my house. Everyone who sees it and knows Lucy is so impressed with how detailed and lively the portrait looks. You did such a wonderful job and I will recommend your work to anyone else I know interested in creating a unique piece of art.
Sincerely, Nicole Lacoste
Wow you are fantastic. I absolutely love the picture of both of them. It is exactly like I imagined. You are a Genius. I love sleeping Mia, and guess what? I’m going to give you another picture to sketch. Friends of ours have been so nice during all this snow. I wanted to do something nice for them and bam I thought of you. They love their dog as much as we love ours. I’ll send you a picture of Quanto a German shepherd ASAP.
“Ellie is a talented artist trained in classical techniques. She is a teacher of art, and can craft portraits of pets and other subjects. Working with her was a pleasure.” Ellie is personable, expert, and an artist of high integrity.
Susan Schluederberg, hired Ellie as a Portrait artist for pets in 2009
“I am so happy with the work Ellie has done for me. She has sketched amazing portraits of my dogs from photos. If you’re a pet lover and want a portrait of your pet ask Ellie. I have more photos to send her and have recommended her work to my family and friends. She is Amazing.”
Kelley Hartnett, hired Ellie as a Artist in 2010, and hired Ellie more than once
“Ellie is very professional and very generous. She has donated several items to help raise funds for an animal shelter we are associated with.”
Owner, Michael’s Handyman Service LLC
“Ellie contacted me to ask if I would mind her sketching some of my students during class time. It was amazing to see the work she did with some of the more “active” pups. My students truly enjoyed her work. She has a great talent.”
Judi Mayberry , Training Manager, Best Friends Fur Ever
“I called Ellie Tryon after seeing her advertisement in a local “dog” magazine for the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. My Scottish terrier was afraid of cameras, so we could never get a picture of her, and I knew her days were numbered as she had incurable cancer so I asked if Ellie would come and try and do a sketch/portrait of her. She graciously agreed, even though she lived quite a distance away from us. My Scottie, who normally is afraid of strangers, sat quietly for her while she sketched her and took pictures of her. The sketch is an incredible likeness of my dog and the pictures I treasure because they are the only ones I have of her. Ellie is kind, very good with animals, patient, and an excellent artist. I am going to make another appointment with her to do the same for another elderly dog I have. I recommend her without reservation.”