The artistry and imagination of Ellen Jean Diederich springs from a gifted
palette and wanders seamlessly from the poignant and adorned, to soft, dreamy fields, rococo settings, and delightful whimsical edges. Her creations suggest a timeless reflection of essential impressions, honed by her extensive travels, and tempered by a sense of visualization that is unburdened, garden fresh, and real.
Born in Staples, Minnesota, Ellen graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.F.A. in Fine Art and a B.A. in Art Education, going on to win numerous national and regional awards. To help pay for college, Ellen worked as a portrait artist which helped her greatly improve her drawing skills. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota, with her husband Paul and two daughters, Monica and Brittany. In addition to her own art, Ellen instructs her much-acclaimed adult watercolor workshops in North Dakota and many other states. Ellen frequently speaks on the creative process before service clubs,
teacher groups, and career fair seminars.
Where’s Petunia? Givinity Press, 2003.
Art the cat is the star character in this feline adventure. Learn the names of beautiful flowers along with an appreciation of a garden's enchantment. Children will discover the animals that Ellen Jean Diederich has woven into the flowerbeds. If you were a cat playing hide-and-seek, where is the first place you would go? In the back of the book is a photo guide to help readers identify flowers. Where’s Petunia? won the Ben Franklin Award.