What became of the grade school kid that constantly disrupted the class by drawing caricatures of her teachers? I made a life long profession out of it!
I began drawing caricatures professionally at age 16. In addition to private parties, I entertain as a caricaturist at trade shows, corporate and private events, cruises, nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and charity functions. Engaging, personable, and witty, I am quick to strike up a rapport with my subjects putting them at ease. I feel so fortunate to meet people from all over the world and make them laugh. The results allow for a fun-filled, often times hilarious experience for all. I studied art formally at several art schools and universities across the country. I have exhibited my paintings and sculptures in top national galleries and group museum shows. www.twistedtoypaintings.com. I have recently been interviewed on a Chicago area television talk show where I discussed my paintings, sculptures, murals, and caricatures. Along with my caricature business, I paint custom murals. The murals I have been commissioned to paint vary from whimsical children’s rooms to Trompe L’oeil illusions and architectural painting. www.chicagomuralpainting.com. I am working on a series of my own oil paintings some of which can be viewed at www.ellenlustig.com. Currently, I have a puppet making business where I create caricature hand puppets from a photo. www.makemeapuppet.com. I also work part time at Children’s Memorial Hospital providing healing arts and craft projects for oncology outpatients.