Merlene Ellis has lived art all her life and while this is not an easy profession to follow in Guyana she would tell you that for over 12 years it has been her only means of income. Maybe it is because she "gets very excited" whenever she sees a blank canvas.
She always has the urge to paint, and she becomes "very angry" if she does not get a chance to start on a blank canvas; in fact she admits that "all hell break lose" if she is prevented from bringing her artistic skill into play.
But art is not all that Ellis can do. She operates her gallery, the Merlene Ellis Art Studio, behind her East Ruimveldt home, and if you had met her some years back you would have found her working as an auto-electrician doing art on the side (...)
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