Each time I sit down to paint, I am reminded of the lineage of artists who precede me, including those from my family. I am a third generation artist. My maternal Grandfather began painting as a sign-painter in New York and New Jersey, after immigrating to the United States from the Ukraine. My Mother, Ruth Demel has been an accomplished Watercolorist, for over 60 years. As a child, I played alongside her, as she taught me how to draw, use pastels, and paint with watercolors.

I studied Fine Arts at Adephi University, and then went on to receive my B.A. in Art History from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After moving to California in 1970, I worked at several San Francisco and East Bay Galleries. It was important to me to find instructors whose styles resonated with my own. I was very fortunate in working with extraordinary teachers here in Marin County. I am especially grateful for what I have learned from Nell Melcher, Leah Schwartz and Birgit O’Connor.

Since childhood I have had a strong interest in and appreciation for color, light and Universal Patterns. I remember looking at my hand while sitting at the beach and being so deeply moved in recognizing the same colors there as in the sand beneath me; softest red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. And then the equal excitement of Universal Patterns: the same lines seen in the palm of my hand echo throughout nature as veins in each leaf, tributaries of every river. The vision of nature’s curves and waves everywhere and in everything continue to inspire me as much today as that first day of discovery at Stinson Beach.

Many years of spiritual unfolding have deeply enhanced my vision of color, detail, pattern and light. It is my experience that creative process and unfolding stem from deep inner silence and stillness. Sitting quietly, I follow that internal creative thread, which increasingly seems to know which color, stroke and line are called for here and now. Painting without a plan, I find great pleasure as paint, water and brush dance their own dance.

Ellen Demel Deck, Artist
Watercolors, Acrylics, Giclée Reproductions
Website: www.EllenDemelDeck.com
Telephone: 415/381-1833

Looking Ahead:  
April, 2010 Ross Valley Winery, San Anselmo, California
   
Recent Exhibits:  
May 9 & 10, 2009 Marin Open Studios, Studio 333, Sausalito, California
March 5 - 8, 2009
September 5–19, 2008
September & October, 2008
August 23–October, 2008
August 22–September 1, 2008
June 3rd - July 31st, 2008
May 10 & 11, 2008
February 28 - 29 & March 1 - 2, 2008
November/December, 2007
August 3 - September 27, 2007
July 26 - October 26, 2007
February 2006 - August 2007
March 5 & 7, 2006
February 1 – 12, 2006
January & February 2006 
January 22 & 24
January 3 – 19, 2006
Dec. ‘05 – Feb. ’06.
December 3 – 31
November 17 – Dec. 1
November 13 & 15
November, 2005
November, 2005
November, 2005
July, 2005
June, 2005
June, 2005
May, 2005
Mary, 2005
April, 2005
March, 2005
March, 2005
February, 2005
January, 2005
January, 2005
Dec ’04/ January ’05
Nov 2004 /Jan2005
November, 2004
September/October, 2004
March/April,  2000
June, 1994
June, 1993
Pacific Orchid Exposition, Fort Mason, San Francisco
4th St. Studio, “Positively Ageless”, Berkeley, California
Small Shed Flat Bread, Mill Valley, CA
Gallery 108, Tiburon, California
Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California
Tiburon Town Hall, Tiburon
Marin Open Studios, North Bay Art Works, Novato
"Orchids Gone Wild", Pacific Orchid Exposition, Fort Mason, San Francisco
At The Top Gallery & Salon, Mill Valley

"Creating the Imaginable", Tiburon Town Hall, Tiburon
"Poetic Images of Summer", Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael
San Anselmo Inn, San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
Marin Symphony Concert Hall, Marin Center
Demitroff’s, 173 Throckmorton, Mill Valley
Artwork reproduced & printed on back of Marin County buses.
Marin Symphony Concert Hall, Marin Center
Bank of America, 1000 4th St,. San Rafael
Bank of America, Throckmorton, Mill Valley
Northgate Mall, Theater Entrance, San Rafael
David M. Brian, Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
Marin Symphony Concert Hall, Marin Center
“Carousel of Color” – Marin Society of Artists, Ross
Artisans Gallery – San Rafael, California
The Magic Flute, Northgate One, San Rafael
“One Heart’s Vision:  Vibrant Watercolors, Starbucks, Tam Junction, Mill Valley
“Flora & Fauna” – Marin Society of Artists
“Bon Appetit”, Artisan’s Gallery – Mill Valley
Marin Open Studios, Artisans Gallery – Mill Valley
Pacific Union, Mill Valley
Artisan’s Gallery, sidewalk sale, Mill Valley
Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley
“One Heart’s Vision: Color & Light within Watercolor” -Frank Howard Allen, Mill Valley
Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley
Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley
Marin Society of Artists – “Free Expression”
Louie’s Deli Café, Sausalito
“One Heart’s Vision: Original Watercolor Paintings” –Small Shed Flatbread, Mill Valley
“Small World”, Marin Society of Artists, Ross
“One Heart’s Vision: Color & Light in Watercolor”, At The Top Salon - Mill Valley
The Branson Gallery - Ross
Italian Street Painting Festival, San Rafael
Italian Street Painting Festival, San Rafael

 
In the Collection of:
Community Institute for Psychotherapy
Congregation Kol Shofar
Marin Symphony Orchestra

Art Associations:
Artisans Gallery
Marin Arts Council
Marin Watercolor Society

Please visit this page again. Updates occur every January & July. Giclée Reproductions of all paintings are available in a variety of sizes.
Please contact artist for more information.

Limited Edition Giclée Reproductions:

Giclée or Iris prints are produced one at a time using water based inks on Arches 100% cotton rag paper. The use of this fine art archival paper (the same one used by the artist for her original paintings) helps to create results far superior to those of other printing  methods.  Giclée is a French word meaning “liquid spray.” The original image is first scanned into a computerand color corrected by a graphic artist. Then a special high-tech ink-jetprinter, called an Iris printer, transfers or “sprays” the image of the original painting directly onto watercolor paper with literally millions of microscopic dots of color. The resulting prints are rich in color and saturation often making it difficult to tell the print from the original painting. With their superior quality, Giclée prints have gained wide acceptance. The Louvre in Paris uses them to reproduce and display work too fragile or valuable to normally put on display.

The editions, usually of 100 or less, are numbered and signed by the artist.

Links:
San Francisco Orchid Society • http://www.orchidsanfrancisco.org/
San Francisco Botanical Garden • http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/
Marin Rose Society • http://www.marinrose.org/
Stella’s Yard • http://stellasyard.com/
At The Top Salon & Gallery • http://www.atthetopsalon.com/
Marin Arts Council • http://www.marinarts.org/
Light Rain www.lightrain.com
Black Cat Studio www.blackcatstudio.com