Ellie Hansen Newell creates abstracted imagery that is fundamentally tied to her exploration of her ancestry. Having been raised in Japan, Ellie began to foster an interest in art as drawing was a common part of Japanese youth culture. As Ellie moved through college she began to discover the relevance of ancestral ties evident in her creative process. As part of that process Ellie recycles found materials, a tradition she discovered was common to her samurai great grandfather. Her process also bases itself in responding and expanding upon previous mark making by bringing back material that she sees potential and value in. This links to her interest in her heritage by its recognition of the impact of the past on the present and future. Currently Newell resides in Provo, Utah with her husband Nick, where she is double majoring in Art Education along with a BFA in Studio Arts at Brigham Young University.