Ellen Starr grew up in the Midwest, attended college in New York, married right after graduation and moved immediately to Santa Monica, California. There she began studying art at UCLA. After taking time off to raise a family, she discovered the world of printmaking at Santa Monica College, where she served as a teaching assistant in etching and life drawing. She joined the Los Angeles Printmaking Society in 1993. In 1996 she became a member of The Artists' Gallery where she has displayed her work in several group and solo shows. She has also participated in numerous juried exhibits throughout the Los Angeles area and has won awards both in printmaking and in drawing.