Ellen McCaleb grew up on Virginia’s rural Eastern Shore with her sister, Sara Baldwin. So it’s not surprising that they share a passion for the outdoors as well as the arts.
After college, Ellen worked in France and in the venture capital industry, but it was a 24-inch speckled trout that she caught in the mouth of Craddock Creek that pointed her in the direction of her true calling – one that incorporates a love of fishing, a fondness for paint and color, and a deep belief in the conservation of wilderness. Ellen now carves fish in the tradition of the great trophy fish carvers, such as John B. Russell, John and Dhuie Tully, P. B. Malloch, and the Hardy Brothers. Ellen’s School, a collaboration between Ellen and her sister, speaks eloquently of her deep affection for and keen understanding of her subject matter. “To me, fishing is standing on the divide between the worlds of earth and water… knowing that under me swim some of the most incredible inhabitants of this planet.