About Ellen Jean Diederich

Ellen Jean Diederich is a national award-winning artist from Fargo, North Dakota. In 1983, she earned her B.F.A. in Fine Art and a B.A. in Art Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Painting professionally since 1985, Ellen began her career with watercolor paintings, then started making acrylic paintings in 2009.

Having divided her childhood between dwelling in the city and in a small Minnesota town, it is no surprise that Ellen’s watercolor paintings intuitively express the urban/rural spirit of her divergent lifestyle. Often painting architecture, flowers, cities, and animals, she draws inspiration from her farm experiences, hometown, and travels.

Ellen has written and illustrated three books. “Where’s Petunia?” was her first book, which features her original watercolor paintings and is a Gold Medal Ben Franklin Award-winning, full-color children’s book that follows the adventure of two cats, Art and Petunia. In Ellen’s more educationally focused book, “Progressive Painting- Your Creative Journey”, she shares insightful tips for successful painting at any level of expertise. Finally, the Gold Medal Illumination Award-winning “Samson’s Gift” is a children’s Christmas story about a sheep that discovers the joy of giving, illustrated primarily with original acrylic paintings.

In conjunction to painting, Ellen juries exhibitions, instructs watercolor painting workshops, and frequently speaks on the creative process before service clubs, teacher groups, and art organizations.

The Fargo artist’s neo-impressionist paintings have been displayed and critically acclaimed at numerous national exhibitions since 1991, and her original works and giclée reproductions have been widely celebrated and published. Because of the positive and healing nature of her work, many of her watercolor paintings are displayed in medical institutions and businesses throughout the country.

Ellen is a signature member in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Red River Watercolor Society, The Watercolor Society of Alabama, and Watercolor West.

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Pride of Dakota – Givinity Press