About Us

Virgil Elliott — Artist and Author

Virgil Elliott is a world-respected painter and a widely acknowledged authority on artists’ materials and techniques. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. Virgil is one of only twenty-four artists worldwide with certification from the American Portrait Society. His work is included in the Art Renewal Center’s Gallery of Living Masters. A Signature Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Society of Western Artists, Elliott has written articles for several publications, including the Classical Realism Journal and The Portrait Signature. He is a member of the ASTM Subcommittee on Artist’s Paints and Materials. He lives in Penngrove, California.

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Alan Douglas Ray — Webmaster, Editor and Traditional Oil Painter

Alan Douglas Ray is a classically-trained, traditional oil painter based in Toronto, Canada, with a passion for portraiture, figures, landscapes and still life.

Alan’s art education is grounded in the drawing and painting techniques of the Old Masters. He studied at Toronto’s Academy of Realist Art, which offers a program inspired by the traditional curriculum of 19th century French academies. Alan graduated in 2013.

He has taken workshops with acclaimed Canadian artists Juan Martinez (alla prima portraiture and still life), Matthew Mancini (plein air landscape painting, alla prima portraiture), Ryan Gauvin (silverpoint), Roumen Kirinkov (gilding), and Robert Bateman (wildlife). In the United States, he has studied colour mixing and the Munsell colour space with Graydon Parrish, portraiture with Teresa Oaxaca, and red chalk figure drawing with Robert Liberace.

Alan travels to the annual conferences of the Portrait Society of America and the Figurative Art Convention & Expo (FACE) to observe some of the world’s best portrait and figurative artists at work.

He is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Federation of Canadian Artists, Ontario Society of Artists, and Oil Painters of America.

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