William Elston is a painter based in the Seattle, Washington area.
Elston’s wide range of landscape and cityscape subjects all bear a common fascination with the character of light in different times of day, seasons and atmospheric conditions. He carries his exploration of these changes forward with a nuanced control of color and value.
I particularly enjoy the contrast between those compositions in which he compresses his values to portray muted light, rain or mist with those in which he expresses a full range of light and dark.
Even his brightest colors are carefully restrained, taking their apparent brilliance from their relation to surrounding colors rather than from high-chroma tube colors.
Elston’s website has fairly extensive galleries of his work in both landscape and cityscape, though many are too small to get a real feeling for the painterly nature of the work visible in some of the larger images.
His website’s home page functions as a blog, on which you will often find larger images, as well as work in progress and step-through sequences. In addition, he has a plein air blog, Notes from the Field, a Painter’s Workshop, focusing on new pieces and works in progress, and a personal elstonblog.
His website also offers a set of resources, with links to artist websites, galleries, blogs of interest and other destinations.