Ellen Solomons studied at the University of Georgia, the University of Connecticut,and the Massachusetts College of Art.She began her career in art as an apprentice to the famous illustrator, David Stone Martin. She relates, " He really gave me the foundation of basic illustration, line and form."
In the ensuing years, she pursued sculpting, design, off loom bead weaving, doll making, and jewelry fabrication. Combining her successful ventures in these mediums Ellen has created her own unique style. The combination of lyrical designs and strong colors makes Solomons' work captivating.
Ellen's art form lends itself to the classroom. Her classes are always full with new and returning students. She teaches at jewelry schools and bead shops throughout Florida.
Solomons, whose work is signed "E.Rachel", has been published by Lark Books, "Five Hundred Dolls", Beadwork
magazine, "Beadwork 2011 Calendar", and Bead&Button
magazine. She won Best in Show in Beadwork's
" The Beaded Book", two Blue Ribbons in Bead&Button's 2014 BeadDreams, and in 2015, two of her beaded bowls were finalists in BeadDreams. Ellen works out of her studio in Sarasota, Florida.