Ellen Wishnetsky- Mueller is now based in Portland, Oregon but grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Ellen studied fashion design at Parsons and printmaking and painting at Wayne State University. Early on she worked in commercial art doing illustration and graphic design. Doing figurative work for a couple of decades she then turned to abstract painting. After overseeing an extensive house renovation and working with spatial relationships in a new way she started doing sculpture. Calling on her history with fiber and her love of weathered steel her sculptures combine a myriad of materials very much informed by nature.