In childhood, Ellie Ling read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and her love of walled gardens was born. Now she creates her own narratives set behind garden walls. This gives her a beautiful excuse to visit other people’s gardens and spend time in her own. Using drawings, photographs and memory as reference material, her paintings depict, through everyday incidents, the ancient idea of the garden as an earthly paradise providing joy, peace, pleasure and intimate moments of communication with nature. When she needs a break, she goes out and gets her hands dirty. She has, she says, the best of both worlds!