About Me

How do I fit this on ONE PAGE?!

I know. 10 Fun Facts.

  1. I have been a professional artist for over 25 years. That includes fine art, illustration, designing fantasy spaces, children’s interiors, puppets, sets, faux taxidermy, murals, visual displays, ornaments, and gifts, and writing creative blogs.

  2. I have moved across the country 3 TIMES! Twice with my husband of 21 years, Michael Mattesi, and once with our two daughters. So I’m a Jersey girl who likes gravy on her fries with a good kale salad.

  3. Halloween is the absolute best Holiday of the Year. Period! You know when you go into a neighborhood just before Halloween and there is “that” house…I’m “that house!”

  4. I just this year became a union carpenter at the age of 47. Yes, a FEMALE, MIDDLE AGED CARPENTER! And I am proud to have “man-hands.”

  5. I love good art that tells a story. Everyone has such interesting stories. I want to see them and hear them. So write me any time. ellen@ellenmattesi.com

  6. I have no intention of giving up coffee…ever!!!

  7. I collect dead composition dolls from the 1920’s. I know what you’re thinking… but just their bodies are dead, their souls are intact. If you ever come over for coffee, I’ll introduce you to them.

  8. I have made incredible friends in my life…and by friends I mean people I’ve actually sat down with in person and shared good conversation. It’s becoming a lost art that I’m considering adding to my resume as a skill.

  9. My bucket list is too large to fit in a bucket. I need a guest house for mine.

  10. If I had to describe myself in 3 words they would be capable, intuitive, and scrappy.

And for those of you who need some more serious information, please feel free to view my Resume:

Ellen Mattesi
87 Montford Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94941

Studio: 415-608-8426






Instagram: Ellen Mattesi

2015-Present: EllenMattesi.comArt Licensing, Illustration, Retail Display, Fine Art & Art Education
Illustrating and designing collections for the stationary, gift, textile and surface design markets, specializing in hand painting with gouache, watercolor, and line work.
Developingillustrations for the children’s book and coloring book markets.
Creating and Editingartwork digitally through Photoshop and Illustrator software for print and web specifications.
Executing and Conceiving client pitches with conceptual design visuals for from rough sketches through final draft phases using practical hand-drawing, multi-media traditional painting methods and Adobe digital rendering techniques.
Curated and Assessed Gallery shows and competitions for NYC galleries and Mental Health Associations.
Instructed and DesignedCurriculums for Art classes and Camps for children in Painting, Drawing, Photography, Faux TaxidermyBuilding Displaysfor Business to Business Conferences, Retail Spaces, and Craft shows
Designing and Fabricating & Selling of Holiday ornament gift line. Retail and on-line sales.
Maintainingwebsite photography, copy, layout and cross-promotional social media marketing.

2018-Present: Union Carpenter, United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Trained and Builtin all areas of Carpentry and Construction, including renovation of College of Marin, Ignacio Campus
Legally Certified in Blueprint Reading, OSHA 10 Construction & Smart Mark, Foundations and Floors, Exterior Finishes, Scaffold User, Fall Protection, Aerial Lift Operations, First Aid/CPR-adult, child and infant, exp.4-19-2020.
Certification of Basic Knowledge in Construction Tradesincluding plumbing, sprinkler fitter, etc. (North Bay TIP Program)

1995 – 2016: Juvenile Hall Design, Founder/Lead Designer
Pioneered a full service design company, developing design concepts and artistic production of over 1,200 residential and commercial projects including interior environments, home décor, merchandising displays and 3D installations throughout New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Designed and fabricatedmurals, fabric textiles, home décor accessories, bedding, furniture, theatre sets, props and puppets.Recruited, Managed and Trainedmultiple creative and production teams averaging 15 simultaneously.
Fostered and supported the artistic specialties of over 50 highly skilled craftsman, illustrators, photographers and animators through establishing enthusiastic, collaborative and supportive work environments.
Developed inspirational and instructional visual style-guides for the purpose of delegating independent contractor responsibilities to promote higher visual expectations and unique aesthetic results.
Establishedsuccessful brand development and promotion through social media marketing, photo styling, and visual samples.Coordinatedclient pitches, scope, budgets, and schedules for operations; also permits, copyrights and trademarks.
Organizedcompany public speaking events, artist skill and business education, and broadcasting opportunities.
Educatedkids, teens and parents on the power of design and creativity through classes & public speaking workshops
Launched an educational design blog specializing in artistic fantasy interiors and activities for the youth market, creating original content, writing copy, photography, trademark and logo design; also, site and readership communication and maintenance.
Developedthe growth and respected following of the current DIY, art and design, and maker communities.
-Commercial Clients Include:

Pinterest Corporation, SF, Children’s Hospital of Medicine & Dentistry, NJ, Entertainment Art Academy, Hilton Hotels, NJ & NY, Theatre Tribe, LA (Ovation Award), AltSF, AMC Movie Theaters, Pandora’s Box Manhattan Club: NYC, Bellini Store Franchise of NY & NJ, Emotions Matter Inc., *Over 1200 residential Clients: Reference upon Request

2009 – 2011: Lou/d Films, Assistant Location Producer/ Pre-production/ Production Artist
Assisted lead producer with scouting & acquiring aesthetic locations, coordination of technical equipment & permits. Executed costume design & construction, conceptual vehicle design, set decoration and field production.
-Clients include: Cartoon Network, National Geographic

2005–2007: Theatre Tribe of Los Angeles, Puppetry Designer & Lead Builder
Managed creative teams, concept design, styling, construction, mechanics, and costuming of Bunraku, hand and shadow puppets. Design collaborator of theater set props including, painting, sourcing and building. Productions Include “Cairo,” “Recent Tragic Events” and Ovation Award Winner “The Long Christmas Ride Home.”

1992 – 2005: Editorial, Book & Background Illustrator.
CreatedIllustration for International magazines, illustrated books and background concepts for animation.

-Clients Include
Time Inc., Fortune Magazine, Hasbro, Delaware Today, Incentive Magazine, The Nation, Art Directors, Club of NY, Gallery Magazine, Atlantic City Magazine, Tennis Industry Magazine, Chicago Life, New Jersey Monthly

1992-1997: Guinness Company, Local Market Manager of Promotional Events
Managed & hostedmore than 1,000 promotional entertainment events for New York, New Jersey & San Francisco venues.

1990: Creative Director, “Breath Free” Futuristic Visionary Event, NYC
Produced and directed the award winning “Futuristic Visionary Event” including original fashion and mask designs, modeled at a public air pollution demonstration in NYC.

SheKnows.com, Allparenting.com, Underblog.com, “Home with Lisa Quinn” Live Well Network-TV Design Segment, LA Times, Variety, Daily News, LA City Beat, LA Weekly

Martha Stewart American Maker Nominee,Creative ensemble of “Ovation Award”, High Achievement Award: Whitney Museum, Curator, Art Center Gallery, NYC, Winner, curator of SVA Gallery Competition,NYC, Show Award Winner:Illustration Marketplace, Graphic Artists Guild, NYC, Winner:Ultimate Short Story Competition, Art Directors Club Gallery, NYC, Futuristic Visionary event Winner, NYC,
Winner:Competition of Washington Square Park’s Earth Day Demonstration, NY

Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, Excel, Sketch Up, Power Point, Squarespace 6, Garage Band, imovie, Active memberships: United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Sisters in the Brotherhood, SF Mompreneurs, Makeshift Society, Bay Area Bloggers, MATS, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. Social Media Presence: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Flickr. School Of Visual Arts, BFA 1993, Post Graduate Education 1993I1996 Focus in Illustration, Graphic Design, Art History, Puppetry & Theater Set Design, 2005 – 2007, TIP Program Building Trades Training 2018, Union Carpentry Training, UBC 2018,2019
OSHA 10, Current CPR Certification 2018