Since childhood Scott Daniel Ellison has had a fascination with the unknown. Growing up in rural New York State, he would often search the meadows, farms, and ponds behind his house looking for animals, bones, ruins, and anything else that might excite—both real and imagined. Then, trained as a photographer who counts images by Diane Arbus and Ralph Eugene Meatyard as early inspiration, Ellison’s later work as a painter engages the storytelling methods of American folklore with pared-down lines and forms and a general economy of means, including a strict palette of few hues.
—Courtesy of The Watermill Center
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