Often known for her striking renderings of fruits, vegetables, and other every day pantry items, Ellen Berman's still lifes become expressions of form, depth, color, and light that defy the ordinary and become images for contemplation. Berman draws a juxtaposition between the object she is representing and what is real. Her paintings reflect both, the outside world and Berman’s inner world. Because of her education in the study of literature and her life-long love of reading fiction, metaphor and narrative have a significant role in her paintings. “I am interested in the notions of beauty, the extraordinariness of the ordinary, and the transitory nature of and inevitability of loss inherent in everything,” states Berman. Ellen Berman is a Texas artist who earned her M.A. from the University of Houston and currently resides in Wimberley, Texas. This year, she served as a juror for the Wimberley Valley Art League Members Exhibition. Berman has had group exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, New York, Missouri, and Michigan, as well as numerous solo exhibitions in Texas. Select public collections of her work include: the Austin Museum of Art (TX), Mexic-Arte Museum, (Austin, TX), and Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi, TX). Berman was represented by McMurtrey Gallery, until its closing in late 2015.