My name is Ellie Collins and I am an illustrator and fine artist from Bristol. Alongside my freelance painting I volunteer for RightsInfo (www.rightsinfo.org), an amazing charity ensuring that everyone has access to knowledge and support for their human rights.
I haven't had any formal art training since school but I have been teaching myself to draw and design all my life. I work in acrylics, and aim to tell stories in my work. The people and places I draw are always based on the people and places I know and love.
I believe the arts are seriously undervalued, particularly in education, and hope that one day creativity will be just as important as good grades and well-paid jobs.