Teresa Elliott was born in Weatherford, Texas. As a young adult she sketched portraits building a foundation for a career in the fine arts. In 1976 while attending The University of Kansas she worked as a forensic sketch artist for the Lawrence Kansas Police Department. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elliott returned to her native Texas where she spent 25 years as a leading freelance illustrator in Dallas. Word of her talents spread quickly after her figurative art appeared in projects for Neiman Marcus.
“During college it was a photography class that opened my eyes to designing with light. I never paid attention to color until I started oil painting, but my years of working with all the greys laid the foundation for what was to come later. I constructed my career in illustration on that basis, then naturally turned to painting in color”, she said.
Elliott’s work has been featured in numerous publications and she has received several prizes, including the 2009 and 2010 People’s Choice from Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver.
I am inspired by the interconnectedness of all living beings. I express this through my paintings to create an emotional response of the viewer.
I graduated with a BFA from the University of Kansas in 1977 then spent 27 years in Dallas Texas as a freelance illustrator, photographer and graphic designer. In 2005 I began to paint having my first show in Ft. Worth Texas in 2006 at the Edmund Craig Gallery. In 2007 The Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe New Mexico had a one person show with my second sold out exhibition. In 2008 I won the Artist's Choice Award at the 2008 Cowgirl Up Show at the Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg Arizona. November 7th, 2008 marked my third sold out show at The Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe.
2015 FEATURED ARTIST - COORS WESTERN ART EXHIBIT, Denver CO
January 5 - 26
2014 THE WEST SELECT - PHOENIX ART MUSEUM, Phoenix, AZ
2014 ART HAMPTONS, RJ Demato (RJD) Fine Art Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2014 THE EDGE OF TEMPTATION, RJ Demato (RJD) Fine Art Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2014 ONE WOMAN SHOW, InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg TX
2014 NIGHT OF ARTISTS, Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio TX
2014 AMERICAN ART INVITATIONAL, Saks Gallery, Denver CO
2014 SETTLERS WEST AMERICAN MINIATURES, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson AZ
2013 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN REALISM, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing,China
2013 WOMEN PAINTING WOMEN - RJ Demato Fine Art Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2013 COORS WESTERN ART EXHIBIT, Denver CO
2013 NIGHT OF ARTISTS, Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio TX
2013 SETTLER'S WEST AMERICAN MINIATURES, Tucson AZ
2013 TRAPPINGS EXHIBIT, Museum Of The Big Bend
2013 MINIATURES BY THE LAKE, Coeur d'Alene Art Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID
2012 EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN REALISM, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH
2012 COORS WESTERN ART EXHIBIT, Denver CO
2012 SETTLER'S WEST AMERICAN MINIATURES, Tucson AZ
2012 RE-PRESENTING THE NUDE II, Curated by John O'Hern, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe NM
2012 7th GREAT AMERICAN FIGURATIVE EXHIBITION - The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara CA
2012 AMERICAN ART INVITATIONAL - Saks Galleries, Denver CO
2011 DECADENCE curated by John O'Hern, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2011 WESTERN VISIONS - National Wildlife Museum, Jackson Hole, WY
2011 SETTLERS WEST AMERICAN MINIATURES, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2011 COORS WESTERN ART EXHIBIT, Denver, CO
2010 WESTERN VISIONS, National Wildlife Museum, Jackson Hole, WY
2010 TEXAS TRADITIONS, Heritage Auction Gallery, Dallas TX
2010 NEW VIEWS of the WEST, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2010 NIGHT OF ARTISTS, Briscoe Museum, San Antonio, TX
2010 SETTLERS WEST AMERICAN MINIATURES, Tucson, AZ
2010 COORS WESTERN ART EXHIBIT, Denver, CO
2009 Jackson Hole Art Auction, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2009 Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, Colorado
2009 Night Of Artists, Briscoe Western Museum; San Antonio, TX
2008 One Person Show, The Manitou Galleries; Santa Fe NM
2007 One Person Show, The Manitou Galleries; Santa Fe, NM
2006 One Person Show, Edmund Craig Gallery; Ft. Worth, TX
2014 Art Renewal Center's International Salon Competition - Finalist, figurative;
2013 Art Renewal Center's International Salon Competition - Honorable Mention, figurative;
2012 Art Renewal Center's International Salon - Chairman's Choice;
2012 American Art Invitational - Saks Galleries - Denver, Colorado - Collector's Choice;
2012 ACOPAL GRAND PRIZE - One of three awards given by the America China Oil Painter Artist League;
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - 2014 Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, Colorado;
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - 2012 Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, Colorado;
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - 2011 Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, Colorado;
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - 2010 Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, Colorado;
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - 2009 Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, Colorado;
BEST OF SHOW - 2009 Night Of Artists, Briscoe Western Museum in San Antonio, Texas;
ARTIST'S CHOICE - 2008 Cowgirl Up! at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona.
Teresa Elliott è un’artista del Texas specializzata nei dipinti a olio. Che sia originaria di quelle zone d’America lo si vede chiaramente nei suoi disegni, dove spesso sono immortalati mucche e tori allo stato brado, e che abbia trascorso ben 25 anni come illustratrice freelance in Dallas lo si vede altrettanto bene, vista la qualità delle opere che sforna.
Teresa ha ricevuto una quantità spropositata di premi per il suo lavoro. Il suo dipinto più premiato rappresenta un’immagine estremamente realistica di bambini che trascorrono il tempo nel fango: si trova attualmente al World Art Museum di Beijing, in Cina, ed è stato esibito al Butler Institute of Art nel gennaio 2012. Oltre ad aver fatto guadagnare a Teresa il Grand Prize Winners alla competizione “America China Oil Painting Artists League”, sempre nel 2012 ha ricevuto anche un award al Chairman’s Choice alla competizione “Art Renewal Center Internazional”.
Le immagini sono a volte tanto realistiche, curate nei dettagli e nei giochi di luce, che sembrano vere e proprie foto. In ogni caso, l’effetto tridimensionale è assicurato, indice di una lunga esperienza trascorsa dietro ai pennelli e alla fotografia.