Virgil Elliott is the author of Traditional Oil Painting – Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present, published by Random House, and has contributed to or been mentioned in a number of other books, and written many articles in various art magazines over the decades. He has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, among the distinctions bestowed on him by art associations. Elliott has taught art off and on from 1982, privately and in a number of institutions, including the College of Marin (Ignacio, California), but his primary focus has always been the creation of artwork, with teaching and writing secondary and ancillary to that interest and pursuit. An active member of the ASTM Subcommittee on Artists’ Paints and materials for the last 22 years, Virgil Elliott is widely regarded as an expert on oil painting materials and methods, whose advice is and has been sought by artists and students in all parts of the world for many years. He is currently writing a book on Johannes Vermeer of Delft, in which he examines and challenges the allegations put forth by several writers who have asserted that Vermeer worked with the aid of a camera obscura.
In addition to painting and writing, Virgil is an accomplished musician on guitar and Renaissance lute. He also builds his own motorcycles. He has been labeled a Renaissance Man at various times throughout his long life, probably due to the unusual number of artistic endeavors at which he excels. He maintains that an artist benefits from a wide range of experiences and wild adventures, which can enrich one’s art if one can manage to survive them.
Virgil Elliott lives in the Northern California wine country, where he lives with his wife, Annie Lore, and maintains his art studio.