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Teresa Elliott is an American realist painter living and working north of Big Bend National Park in Alpine, Texas. Today, she is best known for portraits of bovines and figurative paintings immersed in the natural rural environment in the Southwest. Her family of origin settled in Texas in the 1800s, working a farm with Angus cattle and pecan orchards. A fascination with livestock and the Texas countryside colored her world then and has continued to inspire her fine art today. Yearly family vacations to the farm kept her interested in the gritty lifestyle of farm life that has influenced her work to this day.
After completing a BFA from the University of Kansas, she moved to Dallas, Texas, and worked as a self-employed graphic designer and illustrator. Many years as an illustrator prepared her for her true calling as a fine art painter, especially after discovering the Texas longhorn—with all their many colorful attributes—living near her home in suburban north Texas.
In 2006, she had a sold-out gallery show in Fort Worth, Texas, which launched her career and afforded her the time to devote every day to her studio practice. Her studio in the hills of the Big Bend region of West Texas sits on a bed of ancient lava rock looking over a vast old ranch. The wandering javelina herds, deer, and turkey are frequent visitors at her studio and reminders of her favorite quote from John Muir, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it connected to the rest of the world.”
Her work has been shown at the Beijing World Art Museum in China, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole, and the Phoenix Art Museum. Her numerous awards include Best of Show at the Briscoe Museum’s Night of Artists; three People’s Choice Awards at the 2012, 2010, and 2009 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale in Denver, Colorado; and several from the Portrait Society of America and the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competition.
Her work has been featured in such publications as American Art Collector, Art of the West, the Artist’s Magazine, Cowboys & Indians, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, and Western Art Collector.
Teresa Elliott is represented by InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas; and Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles California.