Eleanor Voorhees lives in a house on a hill in Lambertville, NJ with her husband and two daughters. Eleanor studied art in Tuscany with the University of Georgia during an exchange program in 1993 while attending the University of Delaware. After being awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree by the University of Delaware in 1994, Eleanor took a job in the art department of a New York City publisher, did freelance illustrating and later, worked for architect Michael Graves...all the time dreaming of opening her own fine art studio. In 1998 Eleanor started her own fine art business initially painting large residential murals inspired by the old masters.
The Bucks County Antique Center as well as the Prallsville Mill in Stockton, PA. Eleanor has been commissioned to show work in Designers Show Houses in Bucks County, PA, Morristown, NJ, Atlanta, GA and Princeton, NJ.
Her work has been published in various magazines and newpapers including Better Homes & Gardens, Princeton Magazine (NJ), Nouveau Magazine (New Hope, PA), Us. 1 (Princeton, NJ), Home Design (Pittsburgh, PA), The Trenton Times “At Home” Section (NJ), The Princeton Packet (NJ), Recorder Community Newspapers (NJ), Hunterdon Democrat (NJ) and the Lambertville/New Hope Beacon (NJ/PA).
While Eleanor Voorhees’ continues to paint bucolic local scenes of the New Hope and Lambertville area, its her most recent urban inspired mixed media work that is getting the most attention. Wanting something more out of her art and the desire to evolve has brought her art to a new level. She describes this transformation as more than just an artistic breakthrough, she refers to it as her midlife epiphany. Drawing from boxes of vintage flea market jewelry, buttons, clothespins, wires, cocktail swivel sticks, fabric and more she literally builds using texture to create three dimensional cityscapes. Many of her newer mixed media pieces are then painted entirely in oil upon the surface of the mixed media materials creating a three dimensional painting, a little world that invites the viewer to dwell.