1980s – 1990s

As is the tradition with numerous Southwestern artists, Ellis was drawn to the expansive views and dramatic beauty of New Mexico, Taos Valley and surrounding areas that include the San Cristobal Valley, Rio Grande Gorge, Taos Mountain, and Hondo Valley.  In the late 1980s, he started a series of landscapes drawing on his ideas relating to spacial relationships from previous series.  

Often rhomboid or kite-shaped, the canvases and drawings are constructed to reveal an expansive grid of cultivated fields or deep gorge views with a high horizon line.