Mary Ellen Pataro

“Creativity is a blank canvas — an empty space that fills with the vision of a creative, imaginative collaboration between the artist and the client — until perfection is reached and brought to life.”


About Mary Ellen

Since 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 which created an outlet that far exceeded 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.


Mary Ellen’s Experience

Mary Ellen first worked in the fashion and beauty industry for companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue Glemby International at Neiman Marcus, then later branched out into the corporate sector as a Graphic Designer Art Director and Marketing Assistant for companies such as 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. 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.  She builds a company business by creating unique graphic and typographic designs, original hand-drawn illustrations, photography that tells their story, and copywriting specifically for a company brand on whichever platform is most crucial to its presence.  Each piece is hand or digitally illustrated with her client’s vision in mind, whether print or web.  She works with various media, computer-generated illustrations and typography, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, graphite, white-line woodblock, and scrimshaw, to name a few.  She adds value to each client by making their story unique and making the creative process seamlessly easy as she guides her clients through the process from concepts to completion.

Mary Ellen is available for commissioned artwork for print or web. Her creative work is not only her passion; it’s also her way of life. She’s continuously building on her innovative design ideas and believes that a solid connection with others brings great things to life. Her eye-catching messages and designs keep her ahead of the curve, keeping her clients a cut above their competition! She looks forward to working with you to bring your next project to life!