Ellen Brief

category: Visual,

Contact & Info

  • ellen.brief@yahoo.com

Artist Statement

My interest in art is broad - I love all techniques and styles – from photo realistic to non-objective. Throughout the years I have worked in oil paint, gouache, watercolor, handmade paper, collage, and recently printmaking.   For over twenty years I designed floral and abstract textile prints for use in the home. I have walked into public hotel lobbies, private homes and crowded retail stores and have viewed my work on sofas, curtains, walls and tabletops. As a fabric designer, I sharpened my drawing, design and color abilities and honed my skills painting nature.   Abstract or realistic, or a combination of both, what ties my work together is a love of detail, an intimacy of scale, and harmonious color.

Educational Background

Silk Aquatint
Kathy Caraccio, Castello di Potentino - Seggiano, Italy

Watercolor Painting
Barbara Nechis, Hudson River Valley Art Workshop, Greenville, New York and Napa Valley, California

Handmade Paper
Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York

Donna Koretsky, Peters Valley, New Jersey

Painting and Drawing
Cornish School of Allied Arts, Seattle, Washington

S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, New Paltz, New York

Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York

High School of Music and Art, New York