Trees on the Marsh


 by Willoughby Elliott

oil on canvas

Dimensions: 10.5in h x 9.5in w

Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Willoughby Elliott graduated with a BFA in painting from the California Institute of the Arts. He graduated with an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Settling into the southcoast of Massachusetts in 1967, Willoughby became a Professor of Painting and Printmaking in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Umass Dartmouth. He currently is a Professor Emeritus in that College. After spending many years as a printmaker with a national reputation, Willoughby turned his attention to painting. He eventually found himself immersed in the landscape of the region, where he developed his expressive response to the landscape.

“I am inspired by the complex and varied atmospheric effects that occur when a moisture laden sky is affected by light. The coastal environment can seem at times primordial because of how the basic elements of land, sea sky and light interact with one another. I find a natural rhythm and balance created by the instability of this interaction. I relate to the way that color, mark making, and the layering of paint can be made to suggest a dominant expressive light, defining the space within each of my paintings. The paintings, although derived from specific locations, evolve into idealized spaces, sometimes with an added hint of danger. I believe that my work, through its abstractness can inform the viewer about our human origins and our relation to the natural world.”

Willoughby Elliott's paintings have been exhibited throughout the country, and the region.

Represented at Commercial Street: 508.349.9451