Ellen Starr Lyon is a painter living in the Midwest who loves a quirky portrait. My current body of work centers on teenagers, their strong emotions, gender issues and their use of technology. Check out my work at www.ellenstarrlyon.com and on Instagram @ellenstarrlyon .
My current body of work focuses on the people closest to me, emotionally and physically. Our lives are all so busy with what feels like constant motion. With these images, I am collecting moments that to me describe the person or show a beautiful, ordinary scene. Within that context, I explore other themes. Foremost, I want to capture the intensity of the teenage years. The issues they face literally play across their faces daily. I also paint about technology. It is the cause of much heated discussion in my house and in those of other parents. Technology is such a double-edged sword and I believe my ambivalence shows; the devices create a splendid light but the faces of my children are withdrawn and there is no engagement with the viewer. Having both a son and a daughter, I have a front row seat; I witness how their challenges and how they differ per their personalities and genders. Often reactions fall right down stereotypical lines and other times I am surprised. I want to document it all.