Piece description from the artist
The oil painting was inspired by an experience when I was hiking with my friend, in the woods near Calistoga, CA. We got lost, when out of the woods came an old woman with a long white braid riding bareback on a white horse. We asked her the way and she just pointed the direction without speaking, enhancing the archetypal quality of the experience.
Ellen Dreibelbis is attracted to everything from the cracks in the sidewalk to 14th century Russian icons. Because she loves to paint people of all races, the San Francisco Bay Area's rich, ethnic mix has been deeply inspiring for her. Ellen paints people because she believes that within the human figure lies a universal quality of oneness, something we can all recognize and resonate with. As Ellen goes about her daily activities she takes note of faces that fascinate her, taking care to remember details such as the particular way light falls across a person's head.
Ellen currently resides in Oakland, California, and her work has been featured in several museum and gallery shows.