Pochade à Neptune (Sketch of Neptune)
(Gouache and watercolor on paper, 09-29-20)
Neptune Beach, near Newport, Oregon
Copyright © 2020 by MaRco Elliott. All rights reserved.
See larger view (opens in new window).
is a resistance artist and author who grew up in the foothills of the southern
Mediterranean Alps and attended the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris.
As a young man, he spent time traveling in several Asian countries, Mexico, and North
Africa. He always brought along sketchbooks in his pack. After settling in southern
France, he was awarded art commissions for street murals, created a body of plein air
paintings, and often made ends meet as a graphic artist/illustrator and by doing
manual jobs, most notably as an apprentice stonemason restoring a medieval castle
in the Haut Var.
While documenting murals to be featured in Le Pied du Mur, a book he was
writing for a Parisian publisher, he met his future wife, Joann Carrabbio, also a
painter and muralist, who was teaching art in Los Angeles. Soon, he himself was
teaching art in Los Angeles. During that 22-year period, he was awarded commissions
to create three murals with students for SPARC & the Cultural Affairs of L.A. and
for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. In 2000, he completed a second book for the
same Parisian publisher, entitled Secrets de la Carte a Gratter (Secrets of
Scratchboard) (LTA, Paris).
In 2009, MaRco and Joann moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he continues to expand his
body of plein air paintings and is working on several book projects. Read more about
his travel adventures in his expanded bio and visit his galleries at:
⚡ Coping: Stir crazy from being stuck
in Covid-19 quarantine? Take a trip through the eyes of artist Marco Elliott,
an art profile by Randi Bjornstad in Eugene Scene (30 March 2020)
⚡ Two Paintings
by Elliott in KYSO Flash (Issue 11, Spring 2019), one of which, Low tide
at Strawberry Hill, Oregon coast, is featured on the front cover of the 2019 KYSO
Flash anthology, Earth Hymn
⚡ Art show at
downtown Eugene Public Library reflects an artist’s fascination with the Oregon
coast as well as the France of his childhood by Randi Bjornstad in The Eugene
Review (9 September 2017)
⚡ Artist of Many
Styles + Gallerist with Same Ideas = Eclectic Show at Downtown Eugene
Gallery by Randi Bjornstad in The Eugene Scene (23 December 2016)