Artist Statement

Nature is my muse, in both my visual art and my writing. I love to work plein air, and my greatest pleasure as an artist is to become what I’m looking at, throwing my consciousness into a tree, a stream, or a leaf: feel my way into its life from the inside out.

I often use unconventional tools, rather than a brush—sticks, twigs, string and copper wire—all of which give me access to energy and emotion. Many of my drawings are created by using a stick dipped in ink: the ink is wiped away many times and re-drawn to build up texture and incised lines, as in a print.


The work of award-winning artist Ellery Akers has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries, including the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California; the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska; the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California; and the Columbus Museum of Arts and Sciences in Georgia. She recently won the Watson Cross, Jr. Award from the National Watercolor Society. Akers is also an award-winning writer and author of Practicing the Truth (Autumn House Press), which won an Independent Publisher Book Award; Knocking on the Earth (Wesleyan University Press); and Sarah’s Waterfall (Safer Society Press). She received an M.A. from San Francisco State University and a B.A. from Harvard University.