Ellen Welch Granter on Begin and End- A Choice Show Piece

“I’m off to go birding.”

This is how Ellen Welch Granter ends most of her correspondence.  Each time, we never know if she is heading outdoors with binoculars or to her studio with a brush.  Regardless, Ellen spends a great deal of her time with her birds.

“There is an excitement while watching birds in the wild,” says Granter. “My paintings are an expression of my desire to create beautiful and pure images of my favorite subjects.” When viewing her works, that same excitement comes through. There are many layers to her work which create interesting depths and shadows that change depending on light. “They are the textures, shapes and patterns of daily life. This work is all about that constant motion of the birds, their particular gestures and way of walking in the shallows.”

Granter has a large collection between Maine Art Shows and Maine Art Paintings and Sculptures.  Her work in the Choice Art Show features three pieces. Begin and End was the Editor’s Choice. We owe thanks to Susan Grisanti from Maine Home + Design for her choice. This piece showcases Granter’s love for the sandpiper and incorporates her signature gold leaf, as well. “The gold shape is a sort of calligraphic stroke that represents the water’s edge and reflected sunlight,” says Granter. Her gold leaf is found in many others works hanging at our sister gallery, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, down on Western Ave. in Kennebunk.


The Choice Art Show will be on display at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk until June 30th. Please stop in any day from 11am – 5pm to see the show in its entirety. It is also available to view online by clicking here; Choice Art Show.

To see our complete collection of Ellen Granter’s work visit her Artist Page. Also, if you are interested in reading more about Ellen and her work with Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture click here. Maine Art Blog – Ellen Granter.