William E. Elston was born on June 18, 1949 in Spirit Lake Idaho. He grew up in the rural area southeast of Spokane Washington. He studied painting at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, and at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. After earning a BFA degree from Fort Wright, Mr. Elston spent several years studying privately in New York and Boston.
Mr. Elston has taught at Fort Wright College, The Spokane Art School, The Academy for Realist Art (now The Gage Academy,) the Frye Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and has been a guest lecturer at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, Whitworth College in Spokane, Eastern Washington University in Cheney, University of Washington in Seattle, and The Gage Academy.
William E. Elston is represented in Seattle by Davidson Galleries, and in Portland Oregon by Elizabeth Leach Gallery. His work has been widely collected in the United States and in Europe, and is included in many public, private and corporate collections. These include Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, McGraw Hill, American Express, Ashforth Pacific, Miller Nash LLP, Swedish Hospital in Seattle, University Hospital, Bill and Melinda Gates, the City of Seattle and the City of Portland.
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