Northeastern Nevada Featured Artist
Ellen Irene Bliss Tervort
OILS, CHARCOAL & PENCILS
A true Nevadan all the way down to her roots, Ellen Irene Bliss Tervort, was born and raised in Ruth Nevada. Her parents were from Fallon Nevada and there are relatives scattered all over Nevada. She started drawing at an early age and then, as a young mother, living in isolated rural ranch land, she drew cartoon characters to entertain her children. Her influences and appreciation of art further developed when a friend from high school put a paintbrush in her hand and her husband gave her an oil painting kit for Christmas in 1962. Now she works in oils and charcoal pencils.
Ellen’s inspiration comes from her life experiences in Nevada wild lands, with her husband working and living on a large ranch in Lovelock Nevada and later moving to Sierra Valley on an extension of that ranch, located near Loyalton California 35 miles from Reno.
Always living and loving the cowboy way of life, Ellen’s unique light-filled paintings are focused on majestic landscape, authentic western culture, portraiture, horses, ranch work, and Nevada wildlife. Ellen’s extensive career as an artist includes many portrait commissions of dogs, prize horses, and people.
Contributed by Susanne Reese, President & Gallery Director Elko County Art Club