Elsie Miller was born in 1894 in New Jersey. ede-else chose the gender neutral name so as not to be categorized as a female artist. She met her husband, Fredrick Buchholz while they were students at the Art Students League in New York City in the early 1920’s, and married in 1922. They resided in Greenwich Village and were active in numerous arts groups and creative endeavors, including founding “The Quill”, a Greenwich Village poetry and art publication, in addition they operated “the Tart” a tea house, also located in the village. Common themes included modernist figural groups with dancers and nudes.
Beginning in the 1950’s ede-else divided her time between New York City and Lyme before moving permanently to Lyme Connecticut in the late 1960’s. Once in Lyme she began to paint more landscapes and still life scenes. ede-else maintained an active exhibition schedule throughout her life.