Richard C. Elliott: Artist of our time.

Richard C. Elliott (to our family; Dick) is my uncle.  He and his wife Jane Orlemon are (/were… Dick lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and we miss him dearly!) artists that moved to Ellensburg Washington and began with some friends, a really rich artist community in the late 70’s.  Both Dick and Jane are successful artists.  Very different in style and scope but both 100% pure artists.  I will be doing my post on Jane soon… Watch for it!  But this post is about Dick.

Let me tell you a little bit about why my uncle Dick meant so much to me and still does even though he is no longer here.   Both of my parents love me dearly and accept me as a creative spirit, but, it took some years to convince them that i had no choice but to be an artist.  They thought it could be a hobby but nobody makes a living at being an artist so i needed to pursue more employable lines than art.  Dick told me otherwise.  Right when i would be questioning my decisions most it seemed.  He understood that sometimes one doesn’t have the choice to not be an artist and figuring out a way to make it work is the job.  Thus, Dick and Jane both were my mentors and role models as working artists themselves.

You may not be as familiar with Richard C. Elliott’s work by name, but if you have been in Washington, Chicago, Denver, New York and many other places, you may have seen his work.  Dick was commissioned to do large scale art in public places and not as much in galleries.

Dick was one of the most amazing charcoal portrait artists i have ever seen.  The problem was, he hated doing them. They were too restrictive and he was too much of a perfectionist.  He found his medium with… of all things… reflectors.  Now dont snub your nose just yet.  He used roadside reflectors in basic colors, sometimes as many as 5 layers deep to create geometric patterns.  I see a lot of north pacific coast Native American influences in his work, but i also know that he was interested in pattern in culture and researched this with many cultures and time periods.  It is just best to allow you to see his gift to us yourself to do his work justice.  His website is still maintained by Jane who is flourishing still even without her partner in art, life and love.  It is definitely worth a look!

I hope you enjoy this little clip showcasing some of his work.  I am proud to be able to share it with you!

Oh yeah… Yes.  They actually had 2 dogs named spot at different times ;).

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Hello. My actual name is Emelie. I am an artist in San Francisco. I started out my early life deep in the Santa Cruz mountains. I left Santa Cruz shortly after graduating High School in 1992 and moved up to the city. I have been in sf ever since and more specifically Bernal Hts. since 2009. I work in a number of mediums usually depending on the space i have to work in. In SF that can vary greatly! I look forward to sharing my thoughts, observations and photos with you all. Hopefully at the very least i will give you a little chuckle once and a while. Thank you for stopping and reading my little blog. I encourage all who stops by to leave comments. I will read them all and appreciate the time you spend with me! Sincerely to you all! Emelie (aka, Bluepearlgirl) To see some of my artwork, please check out ........... Another blogger Mskatiekins sums my blog up pretty well... here is what she said.... "BluePearlGirl’sWorld – This is one diverse blog. This sassy gal tackles big issues as well as posting funny and uplifting little pick-me-ups. I’d love to learn more about you and your art/creativity!"

10 thoughts on “Richard C. Elliott: Artist of our time.

    • I am so glad that you like his work. I am always so impressed with him… his spirit and his work. I have been waiting a long time to do a piece on him… My aunt Jane is gonna be posted on soon and her story is just as awesome. Keep an eye out! Thanks for taking the time to look!

    • I didnt even know that they had such a page! Maybe you can send me a link to where you found me. I tried to find it but to no avail…. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read my blog! I look forward to sharing more with you in the future! 🙂

  1. What an absolutely lovely post! 🙂 I love psychedelic art like the swirls in the first picture. I can’t really draw (although I’m trying to get better and illustrate my own children’s lit…) I’m more into design. I like shapes and patterns and when I doodle, this is the kind of stuff that I come up with.

    It’s brilliant to have had such a positive, creative and inspirational figure within your life. I appreciate how scary it is to follow the dream and I commend you for doing so. 🙂

    PS – Maybe inappropriate, but your uncle was a good looking guy. 🙂

      • Hmm, I wonder if that has something to do with being in the limelight, you know, a public figure. It must be difficult having yourself on display along with your artwork, eh? That must be why radio DJs have an easier time of it. 😉

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