Meet Ellie




Ellie Kane joined our Artist Collective in May 2016. She is originally from Staten Island, NY and was homeless for 6 months upon moving to Nashville and then homeless on and off for 5 years due mainly to spousal abuse. With her experience of homelessness years behind her, she is now a homeowner. Ellie has been making art since she was 6 years old, inspired to continue by an artistic family, including an aunt who made her living as an artist. Ellie loves to work in many mediums but her current preference is gel pens and colored pencils. A survivor of childhood rape and other trauma, Ellie mostly likes to create lively colorful pieces that contrast the darkness of her past. She hopes these pieces will touch and uplift others who need it. In addition to visual art, Ellie likes to write essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and occasionally song lyrics.
"When I was at a domestic violence shelter for 6 months, I created an abused woman's bill of rights & encouraged women staying there to use it to help them compose their own. It seems that writing things down lends to greater ownership of what's written."
Personal Goal: To marry visual art with words and create pieces and stories to help others, women especially, to realize their beauty and worth, and that they have the right to define how they wish to be treated.