John David Ellis
David Ellis was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College, served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, and later graduated from the Harvard Law School, but never practiced law.
He began painting during his law school years -- "to escape from all the verbalizing," he said -- and soon after graduation began his formal study of art at the Art Student's League in New York City, where he met his beloved friend and life partner, Joan Beauregard.
At the Art Student's League he studied drawing with George Grosz and Marshall Glasier and painting with Edwin Dickinson, all of whom he credits with having a great influence on his work. His study of the paintings of Vassily Kandinsky, the leader of the Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) movement in the early part of the 20th century, was also very influential.
Joan Marie Beauregard
Joan Beauregard's first artistic love was the theater. Her B.A. degree was in Dramatic Art. She started painting while living in Hastings on Hudson in a class taught by Miriam Begg. Her friend, Jacques Lipschtz, encouraged her to make a career of painting.
While in Italy, after seeing the work of Fra Angelico in Florence, she decided to devote her life to painting. In 1958 she studied with Aurelio Fruzzetti in Rome and with a group at the Circolo dei Artisti, and also at the University of Bologna where Morandi was a major influence. Returning to New York, she studied at the Art Students League with George Grosz, Marshall Glasier, and Sidney Gross.
Joan had one person shows in New York (Petrea); Brooklyn (del Rio); Andover, Mass (Library); Waldoboro "Little" Gallery; and in Waterville, Me (Maine Artists at Thomas). She also showed small works at the Victorian Stable and was a member of the Pemaquid Group. She was with the Franciska Needham Gallery in Damariscotta since its inception, and had a one person show there in August, 1987.
Joan gave up her Brooklyn, N.Y. studio in 1969 and moved full time to Round Pond, Maine with her husband John David Ellis. Later they built their house and studios in Rockland.