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Ellen Dieter

Ellen Dieter

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Ellen Dieter’s interest in art began at an early age. After graduating high school, she began traveling in between studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cooper School of Art. Ellen settled in Paris, France for over a decade and studied part time at L’Ecole des Art Appliqué.

Over the years, Ellen has worked as a seamstress/designer in a leather shop, a fashion model in the US and abroad, she has taught art for ages k-9, portfolio class for seniors and workshops for adults. Working as a scenic artist for the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Ellen found her love for painting large.
In 2007 Ellen left the traditional work force, and started devoting all her time to her painting practice.

Since then, Ellen has won multiple awards and received great recognition. In 2011 Ellen was invited to do a residency with the Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery in San Diego which led to a residency in Honolulu with Cedar Street Galleries.
In 2017 Ellen reached one of her many goals, she was invited to have a solo exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art. “Color, Joy, Shape, Vitality” was the title of her show, and are all attributes of Ellen and her work.

Artist such as Joan Mitchell to Georgia O’Keefe have inspired Ellen’s work. She presents a unique combination of representational and abstract. Her paintings are created intuitively, led by inner emotions and a creative imagination including her current environment. The sun drenched landscapes of her homes in Hawaii and San Deigo strongly influence the work. Ellen’s bright palette and graphic style are both folkloric and whimsical, offering a joyous and unvarnished view of the world around her.