Born in New York City, Ellen Granter grew up outside of Rochester, N.Y., and received a B.A. from the University of Vermont in 1984. She studied Chinese in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Middlebury College, and finished her Chinese studies with an MA in Chinese History from the University of Vermont in 1988.
After moving to Boston, Granter became a graphic designer and currently work days as an art director for an educational publishing firm.As an antidote to the constraints of her computer-intensive graphic design career, she began painting, and over time became integrated with painting. To brush dabs of oil on a surface, in a human effort to capture the sublime, is a challenge that has made Granter hyper-aware of the textures, shapes, and patterns of daily life. Granter believes that a beautiful painting is both a gift of vision and a testament of appreciation for our short lives here on this beautiful Earth.
Her artwork is shown in galleries throughout the U.S., and is held in many corporate and private collections. Recently her artwork has appeared on the cover of New York Times’ Bestseller "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
I get inspiration from the changing colors, patterns, and atmosphere of the landscape around me. The excitement of watching birds in the wild combined with the seemingly random idea generator that is my imagination creates the setting of my work. In each painting I am searching for an elegant balance of sparse compositions over large fields of luminous color. When observing everyday subjects such as sparrows, I try to pay attention to the small spaces between them and the abstract patterns that are created by their individual characteristic movement and their place in the vastness of nature.