A native New Yorker, Ellen Koment earned an MA in painting from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Cooper Union Art School. She taught and exhibited her work in museums and galleries in the Bay Area for twenty-five years before moving to Santa Fe in 1994. There she started working in encaustic, which is paint made from pigment mixed with beeswax and resin and after application fixed by heat. Photos and articles about her work have appeared in books and magazines, including Contemporary Art of the Southwest by E. Ashley Rooney, Architectural Digest, Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century and New Mexico Magazine. Her encaustic paintings have been shown nationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Since 1994, she has offered private encaustic workshops. In 2013, she was awarded the La Vendeénne award for excellence in Encaustic Education.