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  • Men's Furnishings, oil on canvas, 48 X 66 inches, copyright ©1989

Men's Furnishings

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I've belatedly learned that one of my paintings was in an auction of American art at Sotheby's in New York in October 2018. The work sold at the top end of its estimate. It was originally sold c.1989 at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland OR, to Patrick Duffy, the actor best known for his role as Bobby Ewing in the series 'Dallas'. It was listed in Sotheby's catalogue as "from the collection of Patrick and Carlyn Duffy." Patrick's wife, Carlyn Rosser passed away in 2017.

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Men's Furnishings

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  • Men's Furnishings, oil on canvas, 48 X 66 inches, copyright ©1989

I've belatedly learned that one of my paintings was in an auction of American art at Sotheby's in New York in October 2018. The work sold at the top end of its estimate. It was originally sold c.1989 at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland OR, to Patrick Duffy, the actor best known for his role as Bobby Ewing in the series 'Dallas'. It was listed in Sotheby's catalogue as "from the collection of Patrick and Carlyn Duffy." Patrick's wife, Carlyn Rosser passed away in 2017.

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  • Highway 14 Turnout, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2019

Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019

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Early this month I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019 event and exhibition at Maryhill Museum. This was my fourth year, and fortunately was not beset by extreme heat, high winds and a 14,000 sq. mi. grass fire, as per last year.

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Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019

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  • Highway 14 Turnout, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2019

Early this month I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019 event and exhibition at Maryhill Museum. This was my fourth year, and fortunately was not beset by extreme heat, high winds and a 14,000 sq. mi. grass fire, as per last year.

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  • Juanita Beach Park Apunte, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches, copyright ©2019

Juanita Beach Park Apunte

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I went painting on a Sunday with a few of my students, to Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland WA. It was a hot day that was barely mitigated by shade that we found along the creek.

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Juanita Beach Park Apunte

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  • Juanita Beach Park Apunte, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches, copyright ©2019

I went painting on a Sunday with a few of my students, to Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland WA. It was a hot day that was barely mitigated by shade that we found along the creek.

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  • Farm To Market Road 1, oil on panel, 10 x 20 inches, copyright ©2016

Farm To Market Road

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These paintings of Farm To Market Road, near Edison WA, were first exhibited at i.e. gallery in Edison in 2016. Farm To Market Road 2 was slightly reworked in 2019. They're both small oil on panel works, and it's a subject that I'll probably return to. I love the elegant lines of the foothills that can be seen from there, as well as along nearby Chuckanut Drive.

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Farm To Market Road

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  • Farm To Market Road 1, oil on panel, 10 x 20 inches, copyright ©2016

These paintings of Farm To Market Road, near Edison WA, were first exhibited at i.e. gallery in Edison in 2016. Farm To Market Road 2 was slightly reworked in 2019. They're both small oil on panel works, and it's a subject that I'll probably return to. I love the elegant lines of the foothills that can be seen from there, as well as along nearby Chuckanut Drive.

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  • Esplanade Apunte 1 & 2, oil on panels, 8 x 10 inches each, copyright ©2019

Some Recent Apuntes

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I've been doing a number of small studies on Gessoboard, a commercial preparation of acrylic gesso-primed hardboard. They are done quickly, usually only an hour or two at most, and  measure either 8x10 or 9x12  inches. I call them Apuntes, Spanish for notes or sketch, after having seen hundreds of Joaquín Sorolla's studies on cigar box lids, at an exhibition in San Diego in the early 1990s.

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Some Recent Apuntes

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  • Esplanade Apunte 1 & 2, oil on panels, 8 x 10 inches each, copyright ©2019

I've been doing a number of small studies on Gessoboard, a commercial preparation of acrylic gesso-primed hardboard. They are done quickly, usually only an hour or two at most, and  measure either 8x10 or 9x12  inches. I call them Apuntes, Spanish for notes or sketch, after having seen hundreds of Joaquín Sorolla's studies on cigar box lids, at an exhibition in San Diego in the early 1990s.

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  • Lowell Riverfront Trail (Rotary Park), oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2019

Lowell Riverfront Trail (Rotary Park)

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Spent a few sessions painting with students at Lowell Riverfront Trail, off of Lowell/Snohomish River Road. The sun was out and hot, and the city of Everett had finally trimmed the hedges that over the past couple of years had completely obscured the river.

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Lowell Riverfront Trail (Rotary Park)

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  • Lowell Riverfront Trail (Rotary Park), oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2019

Spent a few sessions painting with students at Lowell Riverfront Trail, off of Lowell/Snohomish River Road. The sun was out and hot, and the city of Everett had finally trimmed the hedges that over the past couple of years had completely obscured the river.

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  • Mount Hood, Itself, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2018

Art Of The West - High Desert Museum

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I'm pleased to announce that my painting "Mount Hood, Itself" has been accepted into the upcoming exhibition and benefit auction "Art Of The West" at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon.

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Art Of The West - High Desert Museum

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  • Mount Hood, Itself, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2018

I'm pleased to announce that my painting "Mount Hood, Itself" has been accepted into the upcoming exhibition and benefit auction "Art Of The West" at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon.

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  • Man With Cart, oil on canvas, 52 x 72 inches, copyright ©1990

Man With Cart

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This painting was exhibited at Davidson Galleries in the early 1990s. It was done before the Pergola was destroyed by a truck in 2001. The current Pergola is a facsimile, rebuilt from scratch. I still have this work in my studio inventory. It is one of the few paintings left from this period.

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Man With Cart

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  • Man With Cart, oil on canvas, 52 x 72 inches, copyright ©1990

This painting was exhibited at Davidson Galleries in the early 1990s. It was done before the Pergola was destroyed by a truck in 2001. The current Pergola is a facsimile, rebuilt from scratch. I still have this work in my studio inventory. It is one of the few paintings left from this period.

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  • A Hot Day, oil on canvas, 23.5 x 29.5 inches, copyright ©1997

A Hot Day

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I have been contacted via email by a man in Indiana that has a painting of mine that he is interested in selling. It was purchased (not by him) in Portland at Elizabeth Leach Gallery sometime in the late 1990s. Anyone interested can contact me via this website, and I will forward your interest to the current owner of the painting.

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A Hot Day

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  • A Hot Day, oil on canvas, 23.5 x 29.5 inches, copyright ©1997

I have been contacted via email by a man in Indiana that has a painting of mine that he is interested in selling. It was purchased (not by him) in Portland at Elizabeth Leach Gallery sometime in the late 1990s. Anyone interested can contact me via this website, and I will forward your interest to the current owner of the painting.

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  • Signs And Signals, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, copyright 1991

The 1990s, Early To Mid

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Two different circumstances have recently brought me face to face with a number of paintings that I did in the early to mid 1990s. The first was the sale and delivery of a painting (Pilchuck River I) to a couple that have collected several of my paintings at a gallery that once represented me in Portland. The other circumstance was the swapping out of some old inventory for new at the Museum of Northwest Art and Culture (the MAC) Art Resource program, in Spokane WA.

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The 1990s, Early To Mid

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  • Signs And Signals, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, copyright 1991

Two different circumstances have recently brought me face to face with a number of paintings that I did in the early to mid 1990s. The first was the sale and delivery of a painting (Pilchuck River I) to a couple that have collected several of my paintings at a gallery that once represented me in Portland. The other circumstance was the swapping out of some old inventory for new at the Museum of Northwest Art and Culture (the MAC) Art Resource program, in Spokane WA.

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William E. Elston

aritst/owner: w. e. elston fine arts
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.

William E. Elston

aritst/owner: w. e. elston fine arts
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.
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