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Ellen Welch Granter's paintings depicting delicate figures of birds in lush hues of oil have long been favorites with widespread appeal deriving from the manner in which she integrates such competing notions as intimacy and vastness, texture and polish, stillness and motion, the individual and the universal.
Many of her works focus on the minute detail and almost human expressions of individual creatures, monumental despite their size. Granter's loving hand treats her modest subjects with the utmost respect, elevating the commonplace to new heights, with a constant eye for delightful passages and effects.
In front of large fields of luxuriant layered color, she renders the heart-stopping delicacy of a bird in the vastness of the sky, the constellation effect of a flock of birds as they alight and take off, and the entrancing patterns of wriggling turtles swimming in their pond. By alternating vague, blurry edgs with crisp outlines and incorporating varying levels of abstraction, Granter's painted figures maintain the lively motion of their authentic counterparts.