BioOriginally from Pennsylvania, JoEllen has called Middle Tennessee home for more than 24 years. While she has always enjoyed drawing, it wasn't until ten years ago that she picked up a paint brush. When she was introduced to plein air painting in a workshop with Jason Saunders in 2010, there was no turning back. Plein air painting is her preferred venue, and she considered the landscape her studio. A grammar school teacher full-time, she seeks opportunities to paint as often as possible, especially on weekends and during school breaks. JoEllen has been a member of the Chestnut Group for seven years.