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the personal ruminations of william e. elston



the personal ruminations of william e. elston

About Me

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I am a professional painter living in the Pacific Northwest. I have exhibited extensively over a period of 45 years, and am best known for landscapes and urban images. My work is represented in many public and private collections, including the City of Seattle, the City of Portland OR, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Chicago Title, McGraw Hill Publishing, and many others.

I teach ongoing plein air painting classes, and studio classes as well. I received a BFA degree in painting from Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, studied briefly at California College of Arts and Crafts, and studied privately in New York and Boston. I have either lectured or taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Fort Wright College, Eastern Washington University, University of Washington, Gage Academy, The Spokane Art School, Seattle Art Museum, The Frye Art Museum and other institutions.

I also train regularly in Seido Juku Karate. I’m  a member of the World Seido Karate Organization, hold yondan (4th degree black belt) rank, and teach adult and childrens karate classes at the Northshore YMCA in Bothell WA. I also assist with classes at the Dale Turner YMCA in Shoreline WA, and am webmaster for the Seattle Branch of the World Seido Karate Organization.

Currently In Rotation

This is sample of the music that I'm currently listening to in the studio. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music; singer/songwriter, jazz (progressive, trad, bebop, post-bop,) classical, Japanese classical, pop, country, folk, rhythm & blues, gunfighter ballads, gamelan, brit-pop, psychedelic, hip-hop, ska, reggae, reggaeton, cumbia, tango, etc. I'm not picky.
  1. Mannish Girl
  2. Mama Knows
  3. Machines
  4. Heaven Stood Still
  5. My Reasons For Silence
  6. The Jackal
  7. Stupidly Happy
  8. And Then I Knew 'Twas Wind
  9. Field Of Fire
  10. On Wenlock Edge
  11. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  12. Little Boy Blue
  13. Bat Chain Puller
  14. Movin' Backwards
  15. Into Shade

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William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections, both in the region and internationally. He is best known for urban and rural landscape images. He is also a founding member of the Northwest Figurative Artists' Alliance.

Aside from teaching painting, Mr. Elston also teaches karate, and has yondan rank in the World Seido Karate Organization.