Josiah Ellner is a Milwaukee-based artist who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019. Ellner was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but grew up in Xi’an, China. Due to growing up in a city of more than 9 million people, he has always felt a disconnect from the natural world. Despite these feelings of alienation, he has found himself strangely drawn to natural elements that are encountered in daily living. From his personal experiences of encountering nature, Ellner weaves together playful narratives that capture intimate moments of this connection between humanity and nature. Through careful abstraction he is able to heighten and fully portray the whimsical and awkward interactions that he has with the natural world.