"I am drawn to watercolor as a medium because it is spontaneous and uncontrollable. The thought that you can capture motion and color in water adds to the medium’s excitement. My paintings are metaphophors and are full of life and movement.”
Ellen creates watercolors that have an architectural but vitreous quality. Kathleen Bernhardt of Corporate Art Source, Chicago, and Kathleen Bernhardt Gallery, Sarasota, FL said that “Ellen Kaiden is to watercolor what Dale Chihuly is to glass blowing, that by taking a small object and giving it scale and attitude, create something uniquely her own.”
“Every time I pick a subject to paint, I enjoy finding its form and ultimately its sensuality. I think I would call my style ”Idealized Realism” I think my paintings are life affirming and joyful and reflect my never-ending awe and interest in nature and the miracles surround me every day”.
The artist attended Philadelphia College of Art and studied painting with Will Barnet.
Additional education included private study with Herbie Rose in Sarasota, Florida and Johanna Salomon in Bergen County, New Jersey. Ellen also has studied at Beaux Arts, Paris, France, and the Interlaken School in Lenox, Massachusetts, and the Art Students League and the New School in N.Y.C.
Ellen is a full time painter, with studios in Sarasota, Florida and the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Ellen was the featured artist in “In Style Magazine” Sarasota Herald Tribune Feb. 2005 and 2009.