Born in NYC, I started drawing as a toddler perched on a pile of telephone books in my artist grandmother’s Brooklyn studio. After studying architecture, I lived, studied and worked in the old world—England and Germany—for many years, where my passion turned towards history. Early books I was assigned were rooted in German culture such as young biographies of Beethoven and Einstein, followed by picture books such as Mrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat by Erica Silverman and Anne of Green Gables. The Promise Quilt by Candace Ransom takes place during the American Civil War. The Christmas Coat: Memories of my Sioux Childhood, by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, is set in the author’s twelfth year on the Rosebud reservation in winter 1945. Another rewarding journey into history/ literature was illustrating Les Misérables for a South Korean publisher. For the past year I have been moving in the direction of author/illustrator—a thrilling visit to petroglyph sites in Central Asia last year has evolved into a story I am developing, primarily set in the 19th century, regarding the discovery of prehistoric art. I live in Corvallis and my work can be seen at ellenbeier.com and at instagram.com/ellenbeierart/.