About Nadine

Nadine Ellman

Watercolor artist Nadine Ellman, originally from the Chicago area, settled in Springfield in 1990.  Though having lifelong passion for drawing and painting she set aside her artistic pursuits while raise her family.  Her love for and opportunity for art reignited during her ten-year stint in scene design for local schools and community theaters. It was during this time that she discovered her affinity for watercolor, a medium where she truly found her artistic voice. 

Since 2018, Nadine’s watercolor works have graced various venues across the Ozarks, earning her several accolades, including recognition in Watercolor USA 2022, where one of her pieces were showcased at the Springfield Art Museum.  Her art can also be found at local galleries, restaurants, and professional offices.

In addition to her gallery exhibitions, Nadine dedicates much of her time to commissioned portraits for clients nationwide. Her artistic endeavors extend beyond the canvas as she ventures into the realm of literature, serving as an illustrator for an upcoming children’s book.  Alongside her studio commitments, she imparts her knowledge and skills as a private art instructor, welcoming aspiring artists into her creative world. A proud member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and Studio 55, Nadine attributes her growth and inspiration to her friend, teacher, and mentor, Alicia Farris, a renowned watercolor artist from Springfield.

When not immersed in her art, Nadine finds joy in culinary adventures, tending to her garden, and cherishing moments with her husband, four children, and eight grandchildren, alongside her cherished standard poodles. Reflecting on her artistic journey, Nadine emphasizes, “Visual art is my love. Watercolor is my passion.” She finds endless fascination in the interplay between water and pigment on paper, embracing each painting as an adventure filled with surprises. With brushes rarely dry and an unwavering commitment to her craft, Nadine hopes viewers perceive her art as more than mere expression—it’s her very essence, her oxygen.