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Old Masters, 19th and 20th Century Art

Ellen Henne Goodale

Starry Night, Northern Lights

     Born in Seattle, Washington, Ellen Henne  went east to study her craft at the Pittsburgh Institute of Art, the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio and with artists Eliot O'Harra and Hana Meyercastle. Returning to Seattle she met her husband, fellow artist Harvey Goodale, while working as a designer for a neon sign store.  The couple moved to Alaska in 1943 and began to paint prolifically, exhibiting at the then famous Nugget Shop in Juneau alongside paintings by the renowned artist Sidney Laurence.  Later the Goodales moved to Anchorage where they remained the rest of their lives.

     Goodale signed most of her paintings with her maiden name.  This work is an example of several of her most popular subjects, sled dogs, campsites, and brilliant Alaskan night skies.  She also painted portraits of the native peoples of Alaska.   Her paintings are avidly collected in Alaska and throughout the Northwest.