Born in NYC, I started drawing as a toddler sitting on a pile of telephone books in my artist grandmother’s Brooklyn studio. After studying architecture, I studied and worked abroad—in England and Germany—for many years, where my passion turned towards history. Early books I illustrated were rooted in German culture such as young biographies of Beethoven and Einstein, followed by picture books 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 on the Rosebud reservation SD in winter 1945. Another rewarding journey into history/ literature was illustrating Les Misérables for a South Korean publisher. A visit to petroglyph sites in Central Asia a few years ago inspired a story I am both writing and illustrating about the discovery of prehistoric art. I live in Corvallis, Oregon and my work can be seen at ellenbeier.com and at instagram.com/ellenbeierart/.