Hi! I’m Ella and I run a vacation rentals business in Southwest Florida. Right now I’m in the process of turning my modest gift shop into a combination art studio and creative space.
As a kid, I was always on the go, always busy with some sort of project. Before I ever heard of surrealism, I painted my bedroom walls with fairy creatures and funky-looking objects. Complementing my oil murals were hundreds of plants, big and small, that I pruned and planted. Also inhabiting my eclectic boudoir were several free-flying parakeets, three aquariums full of fish, frogs, hamsters, mice, cats, guide pigs, etcetera. I brought home anything that I could catch outdoors and tried to domesticate it. The place was a combination art gallery/menagerie. I lived in my own reality.
I moved a lot, which prevented me from keeping much of my art. Discarding the fruits of my creativity each time that I changed addresses was heartbreaking. I have resided in seven different countries and dozens of cities. My period of stability, so to speak, came in Los Angeles, where I lived for about 20 years. Los Angeles attracted the most unusual people from all over the world. Every one comes to meet their dreams. People of Los Angeles live in their own reality, thus it was perfect for me till my fate brought me to everglades Florida.
After a midlife crisis, I climbed out of bed at four in the morning one day, tossed a few things into my Lexus, and headed for the East Coast. My friends called me crazy when they saw me throwing away my art, insisting that I should open a gallery or hold a sale. Moving to Florida was not as easy, for it placed me away from the creative and unique characters of Los Angeles, the place that I call home.