love doing this!
For the first ten years of my
professional life, I worked in advertising
marketing firms, but I always felt that something abou
that wasn’t quite right. So I moved to Manhattan—a
place I’d always wanted to live—found an apartment
and enrolled in the best art school I could find. I went
from being a “C” student in college, to the
Dean’s List. Everyone back in California got a good
laugh out of that!
feel lucky everyday because I’ve found my true calling.
The art shows, the licensing agent, the gallery work,
all came easily because I was madly in love with what
I was doing. This isn’t work, this is life. My art
is pretty happy because I’m pretty happy. I paint
because I can’t sing.”
in fine art & illustration at The School of Visual
Arts in Manhattan, Ellyna Berglund has worked in chalk
pastels for the past ten years. You can see her work on
licensed products: on rugs, trays, baby bibs, posters,
stationary and greeting cards.
style is whimsical and energetic, with aggressive movement
and color. Her application of the pastel color on hot-press
paper is varied: applied by crillon, dry sponge, cloth
and fingertip. The majority of Ellyna’s work is
sold to private collectors through direct sales and galleries.
Her work has been utilized in interior decorating by both
individuals and corporations, commissioned by companies
for use in their advertising, and licensed to be used
in marketed materials.