|with Ellen Trumbo, in front of her Grand Haven Landscape|
photographs of us by Tyler Loftis
Ellen Trumbo’s paintings are (like her!) full of light and painted with an absence of showmanship. She lives in Grand Haven, a beautiful town on Lake Michigan. She and a small group of fellow painters have created an aesthetic sanctum of creative energy in the Midwest, and I like to visit, write, collaborate, and feed off their inspiration.
Ellen is the kind of woman who quietly runs everything in town – and by that I mean she manages five restaurants, co-directs a gallery, and fundraises for multiple cultural events per year. She is also the friend who can play a mean game of trivia and doesn’t flinch when I get competitive at beach soccer and nearly break her toe.