A native of North Carolina, Eleanor earned a B.F.A. in the visual arts from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her early work was more abstract and conceptual. As an undergraduate, she exhibited her work at the Ackland Museum and the Mint Museum in Charlotte.
She feels privileged to have studied with Susan Sarback, Peggi Kroll Roberts, John Ebersberger, Mary Gilkerson, and other inspiring artists. She describes her work as “most influenced by the Hawthorne-Hensche principle,” an approach of seeing and painting color and light in an impressionistic way. As a Coastal Carolina colorist she is inspired by what nature provides.
Eleanor is an associate member of the American Impressionist Society, Coastal Carolina Plein Air Painters, North Carolina Plein Air Painters, and Community Artist Gallery and Studios of New Bern.