Ellen Sereda is a contemporary representational artist, working in oil, acrylic and mixed media.
Her work focuses on portraiture and wildlife, primarily birds, though both are often found in a single piece.
She cites her Estonian heritage and her love of old storybook illustration as influences. In her mixed media pieces, she combines painting and drawing and often uses thread as a graphic background element, sewing directly into the paper. There is subtle surreal quality to much of her work; backgrounds are simplified, suggesting nature, but never in a traditional sense. There is an interplay between the human world and natural world in much of her work, highlighting a quiet sense of wonder and connection.
A lifelong learner, she studied fine art at the University of Guelph, and has taken many workshops throughout the years, including, most recently, a workshop at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. She is currently working on a series of paintings, mixed media works she describes as magic realism, combining folklore narratives and natural elements found within the British Columbian landscape where she lives.