Ellen Baker was born in Johnstown, PA. At the age of 13, she studied and showed with Edith Mellinger, a brilliant artist who through her lifetime, was Ellen’s most loyal supporter and severest critic. Later Ellen pursued portraiture with Olga Henning,also of Johnstown.
As career moves dictated, she had associations with various artists in Washington, D.C.; Texas; and Long Island, NY. During a long residence on Long Island, Ellen had the good fortune to have an enriching association with the multi-talented Alba Villatore, who in addition to her most worthy paintings, was a marionette maker. her handcrafted, hand-painted marionettes are on exhibition at the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington, D.C. At 87, Ellen is still in love with art.