I often think how lucky I am to be a painter.  From the time I was a child, dazzled by the colors of the New England countryside, I have felt compelled to paint. I work primarily in watercolor.  From veils of atmosphere, to expressive color, to darkest mystery, watercolor can convey nature in all its guises. The medium of watercolor is challenging enough that I can continue to paint my love of nature, while continuing to evolve as an artist.” (Ellen Hopkins Fountain)

Mrs. Hopkins Fountain got her BFA at Carnegie Mellon. She worked at the local public television station as a production assistant and worked her way up through props becoming a scenic artist for television, theater and film. It was a great beginning for a watercolor painter, she recalls mixing gallons of colors, working from a designers thumbnail and blow it all up to a 60′ canvas. She moved on to raise a family and paint from home, eventually pursuing her passion full time.

Selected Collections: Smilow Center, Yale, New Haven, CT; Pfizer, Incorporated, New York, NY; Ginsburg Development Corporation, Valhalla, NY;  Yonkers Public Library, Yonkers, NY; Jazz Forum Arts, Tarrytown, NY; Ardsley Public Library, Ardsley, NY.


     Art of the Northeast, Patricia Warfield Jinishian Award for Painting, Silvermine CT, 2017

     Award of Merit, New England Watercolor Society, Portsmouth NH, 2019

     Third Place, The Color of Light, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT  2017

    Bronze Medal, Watercolor, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Juried Exhibition, 2017

     Watercolor Excellence Award, Salmagundi Non-Member Juried Exhibition, 2016

     Artist Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2015

     Artist Residency, Wiawaka, Lake George, NY, 2016

     Art of the Northeast Watercolor Award, Silvermine, CT, 2010

     Winsor & Newton Painting Award

     Fabriano Watercolor Award


    The Hook Magazine, 2013

     The Rivertowns Enterprise, Featured Article, 2015, 2010, 2005

     American Artist Magazine, Article by M. Stephen Doherty, New York, NY  2006

     Catskill Mountain Guide, Featured Artist, New York, NY  2006

     The New York Times, Review, Dominic Lombardi, 2004

     Watercolor Magic, Article, F&W Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio 2003

     Watermedia Focus, CJ Publications, Boone, NC  2002

     The Best of Watercolor, Rockport Publishers, Inc., Gloucester, MA  2002

Related Experience:

     Director, Ardsley Public Library

     Director, Rivertowns Arts Council

     Co-Director, The Donald Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY 

     Member, United Scenic Artists Local 829