Artist Biography

Mary Ellen Scott was born the fourth of six children and raised in the rolling countryside near Owen Sound, Ontario. The quintessential Canadian, her home was built by her father and is less than a kilometer away from the site where her great grandfather had settled into his family’s original log house. Both of Mary Ellen’s parents ran small businesses out of the home so she was exposed to a strong work ethic. Her mother’s floral shop and work at the local farmer’s market introduced Mary Ellen to the many shapes and colours of nature.

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photo credit goes to Natalie Banaszak

In 1981 she left rural life to study Art and English at the University of Toronto in Mississauga. She majored in Art History and specialized in painting. Living on a campus placed upon protected Credit River woodlands, she was immersed in forests of viridian. As the student curatorial assistant, she worked closely with artist and campus gallery curator Nancy Hazelgrove. Spending two years in this capacity, Mary Ellen met and installed the works of numerous artists from Canada and around the world.

Miss Scott went to OISE in 1985 and obtained her Bachelor of Education. Her enthusiasm for creating and studying Art was a great motivator to the youth with whom she worked, and she secured a teaching position at Waterloo Collegiate Institute.

When she married in 1986, Mary Ellen poured her energies into her teaching career and family life. During this time, she sold oil pastel drawings at  Arts on King Gallery in Toronto.

In 1998 the Chapmans transferred to Vancouver, B.C. and Mary Ellen was inspired by the largesse of the nearby forests, mountains, and moss draping over every outdoor surface. It was in Vancouver that she mounted her first solo exhibit, “Be Still Life”. Encouraged by that exhibit’s success, she created a second solo show entitled, “Star Gazing”. This 2001 collection featured brilliantly coloured starfish.

Later resettling back in Ontario, Chapman’s family moved to the flat farmlands and hidden ravines of Georgetown. She studied encaustic painting and has exhibited her encaustics in several solo and group exhibits since 2005. She is presently teaching Visual Art at the High School level in Brampton, Ontario.