Ellen Woodbury is a one-of-a-kind stone sculptor. She carves stylized animals from a variety of white and colored marbles, limestones and alabasters. Her work is juried into national and international shows and is held in private and public collections throughout the US.
Prior to Ellen’s career as a stone sculptor, she was a Directing Animator and Character Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation for 20 years. At Disney, she brought to life many well-known characters, including Zazu the hornbill in “The Lion King”, and Pegasus the flying horse in “Hercules”. She was a significant artist during Disney’s second Golden Age of Animation and animated on all the contemporary classics from “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” to “Chicken Little”.
Woodbury resigned her position at Disney and moved to Loveland, CO, in 2005 to pursue a career as an independent sculptor. She sculpts with power tools and finds the process of carving exhilarating. Ellen exclaims, “Sculpting in stone is like walking a fine line between creation and destruction–one false move with a tool and you suddenly have two stones!” Woodbury was well-known in the Animation Industry for her ability to animate animals and loves carving animals in stone–stylized and with a bit of whimsy. “I apply my knowledge of and experience in animation to my process of designing and carving stone. The result yields a strong sense of movement and life in my sculptures. I think of my creative life as an ascending spiral where one medium inspires and informs another.”
Ellen grew up in Corning, New York. She attended the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University where she earned her BFA in Film and Art. She then went on to California Institute of the Arts where she earned her MFA in Experimental Animation. Her student films won national and international awards, which led to a long career as a Disney Animator.
Ellen moved to Loveland with the intention to sculpt in clay to bronze. Soon after arriving, she attended a workshop in stone sculpting at the Loveland Museum taught by a Zimbabwe master sculptor. The experience was fantastic! That same year, Ellen attended the Marble/marble Symposium in Marble, CO, where she learned how to handle stone and to carve with power tools.