Native New Yorker Barbara Ellis’ intention is to motivate contemplation and conversation through her paintings, and perhaps, even encourage personal growth. Ellis works with many mediums: oil, various forms of acrylic paint, art crayons and sometimes tissue or pastels on canvas or fabric. In addition to her recent introspective works, Ellis is also drawn to figurative abstract art. She creates images of African American ancestors inspired by poetry and personal memory and also explores words and symbols that are used to express proverbs and other philosophical ideas.