"Elinor(Ellie)Parham Taylor was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After teaching elementary school all over Texas for 33 years, she retired early because, she says, "When I grow up, I want to be an artist." She studied art with Earline Barnes in El Paso, Texas for about 6 years. After retiring she went back to college to study under Jo Taylor and Dr. Ollie Theisen. Barnes drilled into her that art should make a statement, not tell a story. Less said the better, or keep it simple. Do not overstate. Van Gogh is her favorite master artist, and she admires the work and styles of Sergei Bongart and Fechin. "I have just this year, 2013, discovered the work of Tibor Nagy. Great art!" Ellie agrees with the philosophy of William Wendt who said that his art becomes an "adoration sign devoted to the Trinity."
Ellie and her husband now live at Holly Lake Ranch north of Tyler. Her husband retired from the pastorate and is now Pastor Emeritus.
"I paint for the love of art and for the passion that my Lord has given me."