Ellen’s Cloudy Day

March 2, 2015


#2Ellen at easelWhen Ellen greeted me at the door, she was wearing her painting clothes and had wet paint on her sleeve, but even with the spattered uniform of an artist, she was – and always is, elegant.There was never a more gentle, kind and loving spirit than what you will find in Ellen Grigg. Those who know this creative lady absolutely love her, and are amazed at the beauty which flows from deep within her to the canvases she paints.

studioAlways practical, when Ellen realized her gorgeous living room had the best light in the house, it became her new studio. Now with a warm fireplace and a purring cat on the ottoman to keep her company, Ellen spends her days creating art in this lovely space, while her writer husband, Ron Meszaros, who you may remember from THIS story (or this one), keeps busy writing in the next room.

Ellen's CollageSo much creativity under one roof!


studio cornerEllen paints in a variety of styles, but lately has been known for these stunningly beautiful cloud themed paintings. After growing up in Wisconsin, then spending almost 30 years in California and a year in Oregon, she was totally amazed by the huge, puffy white clouds she saw when she and Ron moved to Alabama’s Gulf Coast in 2004.

Dance girlEllen felt compelled to figure out how to capture the beauty of the clouds, and sure enough, she did.

familyThe clouds provide a constant background, although each treatment of the puffy clouds varies. But the real story of Ellen’s work are the subjects who appear in the foreground. Who are they? What are they doing? Where are they going? The small size of the subjects are dwarfed by the overall greatness of the heavens.


tricyclesThese two children on little red tricycles is a commissioned piece Ellen just completed for a client. Pure joy emanates from the little girl’s face as a  simple childhood activity is made to feel like a grand adventure beneath the vast sky.


questionsAfter earning an art degree from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Ellen landed her first job at an advertising agency in Chicago.


blueskirtWorking for years in that field, as well as free-lance graphic design gave Ellen an eye for simplicity and communicating an idea through a visual element.


IMG_5071Ron and Ellen have collaborated on both of Ron’s book covers, which is a lovely partnership for these two who first met in the Chicago agency where Ron was in the copywriting department.


orchid fireplaceThe creative couple spent years working in the film industry in California, but Ellen always kept her love of art alive by painting at first with watercolors, then acrylics. The paintings, although completely visual, are spilling over with a good story.

BurrosEven this cute scene makes you wonder . . .  protective? fearful? lost? cuddly? cold? hide and seek? WHAT???


fireplace magnoliaAbove another fireplace hangs one of Ellen’s large magnolia paintings.  If you visit her website (here) you’ll see many more gorgeous paintings in the flower series.


teapotLaughing while making me a cup of tea, Ellen is a warm, kind hostess. Her home is charming and bright, full of color that you would expect from such an imaginative couple.

O. Grigg PaintingsLike many creative types, Ellen was inspired in her creativity by someone else. In this case, it was her Grandfather, who painted these beautiful landscapes.


When Ron and Ellen first visited Fairhope, they were impressed with the politeness and Southern manners of their waitress at The Grand Hotel who charmed them into their ultimate decision to relocate here. Thank goodness for well mannered people, because we are blessed to have such a great addition to Fairhope.


Author Julia Gregson in her book, East of the Sun, said; “when we look up, it widens our horizons. we see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries.”


That’s exactly what Ellen just said with her paintbrush. White-Zinnia~~element52

To see more of Ellen’s work and find her contact information, click HERE. 


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  1. Awesome, I love her colorful and positive outlook on life. Thanks for letting us visit this talented lady.

  2. If we are picking favorites any of the children and clouds (girl in blue skirt etc.) are equally amazing to me.

    1. Yes, when I liked to paint, I didn’t like being tucked away in the back of the house. Go where the action and light are! It’s prettier to me than any living room furniture could be!

  3. Beautiful paintings! Oh, to have such talent. Her paintings seem to capture the joy of a blue-sky day. I love that she uses her living room for a studio and the collaboration between her and her author husband.

  4. What perfect timing to feature this artist ~~ Tomorrow my daughter & I will be spending a few days at The Grand and always adore finding new places to explore in your wonderful city !!! We are also using your article about places to dine – you have no idea how often I re-read things you’ve written.

    1. How wonderful! So glad you’ve been reading. Sometimes it’s hard to really find out what to see in a smaller town. Ellen is getting ready to show at a new gallery, but I’m sure if you wanted to see some of her things now, you can contact her through her email on her web site that I link to above.

      Hope you have a great time in Fairhope. The weather is supposed to be warm and crazy the next few days, but plunge into the 40’s again by Thursday, so in other words, pack everything!

      Thanks for reading.

  5. We adore Ellen and her work!
    We are privileged to own a beautiful piece she painted of our family. She’s a marvelous woman!

    1. How wonderful that you have one of Ellen’s paintings! I know you must cherish it.

      Thanks for reading!

  6. What a beautiful encapsulation of a truly beautiful person! It’s a privilege to know her, and her brother and I love her! We stand in awe!

  7. We met Ellen and Ron a few years ago and have always been impressed with their ability to communicate their passion and compassion through his writing and her beautiful paintings. They each are making an impressive mark on the world and the people around them!! Great folks and talents!

    Bob and Rita Glennon

  8. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ellen for a few years now and can say her art brings to life her kindness and elegance. I love her work; the joy that the children show is so real, it makes you smile just to gaze at them.

    1. The children she depicts really do make you smile. I think it’s because she finds such happy activities for them. Who didn’t love riding their tricycle or holding a big balloon?

  9. Don’t know how I missed this one when it posted, but I’m glad I went back and found it today! What gorgeous paintings…and those clouds! I love the commissioned piece with the tricycles. I’ll have to check out more of her fantastic work. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I just love her paintings! I have seen them in the children’s books. Great feature on this talented lady. I will feature this today at HSH!

  11. Ellen’s paintings are just gorgeous – I SO love the one of the children looking up at the clouds – sheer perfection on canvas.
    Thanks so much for sharing !

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