The work Ellen is an abstraction of the love of fellow human beings.
Ellen Wilhelmine Nielsen helped Jews and others persecuted over Oeresund, the sea between Denmark and Sweden during WWII. For example se did that by storing them in her house in Dragoer, as well as acquiring boats across the sea. She was discovered by the Nazis in 1944 and sent to KZ Ravensbrück, Germany. Despite the constant death around her, she survived and returned to Dragoer, where she lived a retracted life as a mother for her 6 children and grandchildren, and as a cook and cleaning lady. The expressionist abstract Ellen on the painting shows a woman in adolescence and old age at the same time, at a sea in evening atmosphere, she wears hat and stands beside at the water's edge. The life´s challenges is almost stored in her skin and clothing. It's an Ellen before and after the war that is celebrated, the altruistic Ellen never hesitated when there was need for help, we must never forget her.