Ep. 11 | Ellie Moore

I paint a lot of the landscapes that I see as I’m hiking … sometimes it’s the view I get from the summit but other times it’s little tiny details, small landscapes that are kind of hidden. It always strikes me that as you climb the mountain, there are various different stages to it and the landscape changes really dramatically as you’re going up and it doesn’t feel like a straight uphill.

I met Ellie Moore on the misty peaks of the Lake District while we fought against the rain and the wind to keep a conversation about our common interests: writing, painting, Scotland, the 18th century and the Jacobites…

Ellie Moore, based in Yorkshire, has been painting and exhibiting her work since an early age. She went to study art in Florence before studying Fine Arts and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. She has organised exhibitions with another podcast guest, Jessica Elleray. Through her intricate miniatures and vibrant landscapes, Ellie shows her love for hiking and nature. Her large-scale paintings, such as The Aurelians – a recreation of an 18th-century room that, thanks to the magic of perspective, invites the viewer to step inside – serve as a link between her art and the stories she wants to tell through writing.

In this interview Ellie and I discuss the connections between writing and painting. We also talk about how travelling and, more specifically, walking, influences the creative process.

The Aurelians, by Ellie Moore

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Ep. 5 | Jessica Elleray

Travelling has given me such a respect for how places and contexts shape communities and vice versa … I think it has given me understanding and it is an influence on my work.


Let’s go to Yuanming Yuan, the Old  Summer Palace, in China … a tragic place looted by the English and French armies, that inspired one of Jessica’s latest pieces.

In this episode I talk to multidisciplinary artist and writer Jessica Elleray and we go deep into some sensitive topics such as  cultural appropriation. On the fun side, we discovered that we are very similar: Jessica’s obession with Italy – a place that feels like home to her but that, weirdly enough, she has no connection with – is very similar to my own obession with Ireland. And now I have to ask, are we both alone in this or is there anyone else who has found his or her spiritual home in some faraway land?

Yuanming Yuan 1
Yuanming Yuan collection of sculptures by Jessica Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).

Yuanming Yuan 2_ Horse
Yuanming Yuan collection (horse) by Jessica Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).

Yuanming Yuan 3_rat
Yuanming Yuan collection (rat) by Jessical Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).

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