MFA, Painting and Drawing: University of Washington
BA, Art Practice: University of California, Berkeley
AA, General Studies: Mesa Community College, AZ
Eric Elliott grew up in Alaska and moved to Grand Junction from Seattle, Wash. He teaches mainly painting classes, but also foundation art classes like 2D Design. For Elliott, teaching art is all about exposure and exploration. In order to expand and grow as artists, students need to be exposed to the principles of art, art history, contemporary approaches to art making, and subjects outside the realm of art. Then through exploration, every art student must find the marks, colors, forms, subjects, etc., that best express what is important to them so that they can then find their own voice as an artist.
As an artist Elliott primarily works in oil paint, charcoal and ink. In his work, he uses the objects that surround him as a point of departure, and their structures become frameworks upon which he can play with explorations of paint, form, association, space, light, atmosphere, unification and dissolution.
Elliott completed a year long art residency at the Jerusalem Studio School, Israel in 2014. He was the 2009 winner of the Behnke Foundation's Neddy Artist Fellowship, received the Seattle Art Museum's 2008 Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award and was in the 2009 Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum. He is represented by the James Harris Gallery in Seattle.