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Nature sparks my passion to paint, and the love for the subject matter becomes my inspiration to express and share the excitement that I am feeling. Color is my most important tool—I use it to capture the essence of the subject and to represent my emotional response to the visual experience. Color uplifts one’s spirit and transports us into a mood of serenity or excitement. My passion finds its expression in the effect of shifting light and spontaneous directness of brushwork.
I have traveled throughout Europe to experience the light and atmosphere which has become the inspiration and spirit for the creation of my paintings.
The summers spent in Tuscany where the sun radiates over the silver olive trees, where the black green cypresses dot the landscape, and the ochre wheat fields roll on as far as the eye can see, have provided me with endless material. The astonishing quality of the light radiating from the sun of Provence and the towns where I traced the footsteps of Van Gogh, Matisse, Bonnard and Monet has also played an important role in the development of the contemporary impressionistic style that has evolved in recent years. The magnificent vistas with brilliant yellow sunflowers turning their heads to the sun, the bustling colorful flower markets, and the romantic courtyards have all entered into my canvases.
Since moving to Ponte Vedra from New York where I spent the first half of my career, my work has been greatly influenced by my new and very different surroundings. The beaches, marshes and the St Johns River with the many bridges that cross it have become important subjects for my current work. However, experimentation with color always excites me the most. The manipulation of beautiful blues, mauves and purples, the infinite palette of greens, and the explosion of reds and yellows will forever challenge me to paint the next canvas.
ELLEN DIAMOND SOLO SHOWS
2015 • Steller Gallery – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL [ LANDSCAPE … Realism to Abstraction ] – 3 person show
2013 • One Woman Show – Thrasher – Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park, FL
2011 • The Haskell Gallery – Jacksonville Int’l Airport, Jacksonville FL – 2 person show
2009 • Miller Gallery – Cincinnati, OH [ BEAUTY ] A group exhibition
2008 • Fairfax Gallery – Jacksonville, FL [ COURTYARDS AND GARDENS ]
2007 • Palm Valley Gardens – Palm Valley, FL [ THE ART OF ELLEN DIAMOND ]
2006 • Miller Gallery – Cincinnati, OH [ EUROPEAN LANDSCAPES ]
2006 • Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra – Ponte Vedra, FL
2004 • Fairfax Gallery – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL [ SUMMER IN TUSCANY ]
2002 • North Beach Gallery – Amelia Island, FL
2001 • Fairfax Gallery – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL [ SUNLIGHT CAPTURED ]
Grumbacher Award, Best in Show – Long Beac Art Association
St. Johns University – First Prize
Nassau Community College, State University of NY – Purchase Award
Long Beach Museum of Art – First Prize
Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts – First Prize
Oil Painters of America
National Association of Women Artists
American Impressionist Society, Inc.
Cummer Museum Gallery Shop – Jacksonville, FL
Stellers Gallery – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Galerie Du Soleil – Naples, FL
Coconut Grove Gallery – Coconut Grove, FL
Lagerquist Gallery – Atlanta, GA
Miller Gallery – Cincinnati, OH