Ellen Dieter has cultivated a lifelong synthesis of aesthetic vision, innate talent, and technical expertise that has helped her become a prolific and admired artist here and abroad. Dieter discovered a thirst for creative exploration early in life. As a natural master of texture and color, Dieter has nurtured her gift for artistic expression that has earned her international recognition and taken her around the globe.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dieter began her studies at the Cooper School of Art. Her work there earned her a place at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Upon completing that phase of her education, her artistic passion carried her across the Atlantic to Paris, where she studied at L’Ecole des Arts Appliques. During the next ten years, Dieter’s work was successfully represented at several solo exhibitions throughout France and established for her a reputation for elegant forms, economy of line, and remarkable control of the brush.
In 1989 Dieter moved to San Diego. The change of environment revitalized her unending quest for artistic expression and communication. She immediately began creating provocative and innovative pieces for both her own solo shows and for multiple-group exhibits. She also began to immerse herself in the local creative and performing arts communities such as City Moves and The Old Globe Theatre.
Dieter’s style has continually evolved. The richness of her contemporary palette has developed over years of artistic inquiry, and she counts O’Keefe, Modigliani, Kandinsky, and others as equally powerful influences. Her work glows with rich and vibrant color and evokes timeless themes juxtaposed with reflections of memory—memories from her extensive travels throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Africa as well as her interpersonal journeys closer to home. Dieter’s paintings are a rare and extraordinary fusion of technical skill and artistic abandon. Her organic compositions capture the ephemeral vitality of modern life.
Dieter relates; experience upon experience, color on color, line over line, creating a metaphor for life. Without the experience of the past, today wouldn’t be today. Without the continued painting over days, weeks, months and years, her painting wouldn’t be where it is now.
“This work comes from a place within yet is very much about the world as she sees it, past, present and future. Color is the experience as shapes form through application of color and line. Mark making, adding on, taking away, nestling in, finding balance.