About Ellen Portilla

  Ellen was raised in Thousand Oaks, California and has always loved to draw! From creating sketches from drawing books as a child, to painting murals in her sister’s closet, art has always been an important part of her life.

     Ellen started taking a serious interest in art in high school. She was accepted into the advanced placement art class at Thousand Oaks High School her senior year. The training from this class helped her prepare a pristine portfolio for college acceptance. Ellen made the long move to Brooklyn, New York where she attend the prestigious Pratt Institute. Ellen majored in Communication Design, specializing in illustration and graphic design. She was lucky enough to get an internship at the infamous “The New Yorker” Magazine in New York City. This internship exposed her to the excitement of the commercial art world.

  Ellen moved back to California where she worked at Gold Coast Broadcasting doing graphic design. After getting married and having 2 boys, Ellen now does grpahic design from home, as well as fine art shows and sales. She also teaches art part time to elementary students. In her spare time, she works on Children's Book Illustrations and writing with hopes of being published. She is a member of Society of Children Book Writers & Illustrators and Westlake Village Art Guild.

Manuscripts & Dummy Works In Progress:
• Trick and TreatHippity Hop • Sweet PotatoesGrouchosaurus Rex  • Yucky Peas • Penguin Learns to Fly • Elvin & Mr. Measley   
• Doggy Diaper    • Pretty Potsy

To contact Ellen: ellen@ellenportillaart.com