Ellen Markoff grew up in Palo Alto, CA. Her father was a concert pianist and an avid outdoorsman and her mother also loved music and nature. Her youth was spent listening to classical music indoors and the sounds of nature outdoors. This duality sparked a lifelong love of art, creativity and nature. Much of her time as a young girl was spent in Yosemite National Park in California. After a long hiatus, upon returning one spring she was shocked to see that the shapes, colors and textures were what she was bringing to life in her monotypes. She continues to be inspired by what she sees around her in nature and interprets it in her work. She lives in San Francisco, CA and maintains her studio at Hunters Point Shipyards.