Josh Elliott was born in Great Falls, Montana in 1973. He was raised to appreciate art and is a third-generation artist. His grandfather studied with Grant Wood and dabbled in several artistic pursuits. His father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott, gave up a successful career as an ER doctor to become a full-time artist.
Through the teaching and encouragement of his father, Elliott learned the importance of painting from life and discovered his passion for painting outdoors. When painting nature, Elliott reacts to what he sees and feels, with the act of painting becoming an exercise in sharpening his skills. He considers his studio paintings to be a culmination of everything he has learned from painting on-site, combined with his own artistic interpretation. Elliott has always always felt a deep connection with Montana's landscape and people, and he continues to paint his home state, now living in Helena with his wife and two daughters.
Elliott believes that we were made to appreciate beauty, and he feels his work is a celebration of beauty and truth. Although being true to reality is important to Elliott, he aims for creating art: something interpretive, something more than a good rendering, something of himself.
"A good painting, to me, is Nature's truth filtered through the artist." ~ Josh Elliott
Elliott is represented by Claggett/Rey Gallery (Vail, CO), Medicine Man Gallery (Tucson, AZ), and Simpson Gallagher Gallery (Cody, WY).