Estelle was born in New York State and raised on a 200-acre farm in Wallkill at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains (90 miles north of NYC). Her mother was a Pratt Institute graduate and art and design were always a part of her life. The mountains and countryside where she grew up greatly influenced her love of the landscape and feeling for the colors of nature both literally and as a basis of fantasy for her abstract impressionistic paintings.
She received an Associates degree in business from Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey. Later she studied art in Italy as part of the University of Georgia's Art Abroad program and then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Painting and Drawing from Georgia State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Faculty Scholar.
Since graduating Estelle has been an instructor of watercolor painting, drawing and book arts at Jacquelyn Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts and was an instructor for the Staff Development program for Gwinnett County Art Educators. She also instructed pre-teens in drawing and watercolor painting at Pinckneyville Community Center and adult watercolor instruction at OCEE as part of the Fulton County Arts Council. She is currently teaching oil painting and Watercolor at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta and works in her own studio in Stone Mountain
To explore and interpret the landscape as an artist has occupied me throughout the past few decades, especially in regard to color and form. The miracle of the earth's surface and it's geological history compels me to put on canvas and paper what I see, know and feel about all of it. Local color, however,