Ellie Arscott and friends

I have been sharing my love of colour and paint with clients for over 20 years. I paint, draw and illustrate from the whimsy to the corporate and collaborate with private clients and some of the city’s top arts and culture organizations, including scenic art for Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre and The National Ballet of Canada. Lately, I've had the opportunity of working within the TDSB creating mural projects with students to use art to inspire kids as they go through their day.

I love painting in groups and organizing sketching events with fellow children’s book writers and illustrators. I am currently working on a picture book project with Groundwood Books to be released fall 2020. Local children’s musician Sing Along Tim gave me the pleasure of creating artwork for his new album Bunchy Sleeves and Bendy Knees that was released in the summer 2017.

My latest love is a personal project titled Girls Stand Tall. It is my way of helping girls maintain self esteem and a belief in their dreams of becoming whatever it is they wish. 

When not playing with paper and paint, I surround myself with what I love the most – my daughters. 


Originally from Fenelon Falls, Ellie and her family call Toronto’s east end home. 

A graduate of Sheridan College’s Interpretive Illustration, Ellie is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC).