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Pastels Grace the Gallery for March and April

Pastel 2Ethel Mortenson Davis was born in Wisconsin where her parents were dairy farmers in Marathon County. Her years on the farm instilled a deep sense of the earth and the various forms of life.  She studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under Milton Resnick, one of the 20th Century’s best-known abstract artists. Her pastels have been featured in a number of galleries and publications.

Ethel works with pastels with an emphasis upon color and movement, using both realism and abstraction.  She starts with an idea and makes a series of pastel paintings following that original thought.  The cultures of other peoples and places hold great interest for Ethel. “Our connections to each other as human beings create a commonality that bridges our differences.”

Ethel currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where her daughters and grandchildren come to visit on a regular basis.  Her son died of cancer in 2010. She has published two books of poetry: I Sleep Between the Moons of New Mexico and White Ermine Across Her Shoulders.