Mary Ellen Pataro

Today’s number one demand is to take the concept of a business and tell its story with rich photography that speaks to the level of copywriting that supports the photography and design that stands out in the crowded internet. That’s what I can do for you!


About Mary Ellen

Since she was a child, Mary Ellen had a deep-rooted passion for making things beautiful with her hands, fueling her curiosity; little did she know it would lead her to a career as an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator. She was a published and award-winning salon owner, colorist, makeup artist, senior stylist, and educator for top New York salons in the fashion and beauty industry.

As a result of an unexpected car accident, she was determined to make the difficult decision to choose new ways to express her artistic creativity. While in college, she gravitated toward journalism, illustration, graphic design, and photography, creating an outlet far exceeding her expectations. Mary Ellen’s unwavering tenacity and creativity have manifested themselves to become an accomplished artist despite the physical challenges she faces each day as a full-time wheelchair user.

Mary Ellen’s Experience

Mary Ellen first worked in the fashion and beauty industry but later began branching out into the corporate sector as an Art Director in Design and Marketing Assistant for companies as diverse as Saks Fifth Avenue, Glemby International at Neiman Marcus, ADP Pension Services, The Hour Publishing Company, Panache Magazine, and Windstream Enterprise (formerly Broadview Networks, Inc.).

She holds a Master’s License in Hair and Makeup Artistry, holds an Associate of Arts in Journalism, and an Associate of Science in Graphic Design and Information Technology from Valencia College, Orlando, Florida, graduating on the President’s List with Honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, graduating cum laude.

Mary Ellen brings excellent attention to detail to every project she creates. Each piece is hand or digitally illustrated-with her client’s vision, whether for print or web. In addition to her various commissioned corporate internal marketing materials and external collateral support materials, she works with multiple media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, graphite, white-line woodblock, and scrimshaw, to name a few. Her artwork is for sale in various media and sizes, and Mary Ellen is available for commissioned artwork for print or web.

Her creative work is her passion and her way of life. She continuously builds on her innovative design ideas and believes that a solid connection with others brings great things to life.