ELLEN GRANTER, OIL CECIL BYRNE GALLERY, CHARLESTON, SC
The subjects of Ellen Granter’s paintings come from personal experience. Her process begins with Granter’s own original photographs or sketches. Working quickly, in short bursts of concentration, Ellen allows the inspiration of the original idea to remain intact.
Using large fields of color, Granter concentrates attention on the subject, such as the delicate smallness of a bird in the vastness of the sky, or the constellation of a group of sandpipers as they alight and take off. As a counterpoint to the color fields, she incorporates linear elements such as reeds, powerlines, fences, or branches to bring the scale of the subjects into focus. By keeping some edges blurred and some crisp and building in varying levels of abstraction, the image stays in motion and comes to life.
Granter’s work can be seen in the corporate collections of the Boston Private Bank and Trust, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Collection, The Ritz Carlton Vail, and Wellington Management.
Ellen’s painting “Two and One” is featured on the cover of The Help. It is Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel, published by Amy Einhorn Press, over 5 million sold, and published in over 38 countries. Her work has also been featured in American Art Collector, Traditional Home Magazine, and in the movie sets of “The Surrogate” a major motion picture starring Bruce Willis, 2009; the 2011 film The Town, directed by Ben Affleck and Seeking Justice, starring Nicholas Cage and January Jones, 2011.