Josh Elliott was born in Great Falls, MT in 1973. He was raised to appreciate art and is a third generation artist. His grandfather studied with Grant Wood and dabbled in all sorts of artistic pursuits. His father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott, gave up a successful career as an ER doctor to become a full-time artist. Josh's father taught and encouraged him. Josh learned the importance of painting from life and discovered his passion for painting outdoors. He sees his outdoor paintings as a reaction to what is in front of him, and feels they act as exercise to sharpen his skills. He considers his studio paintings to be a culmination of everything he has learned from painting out, combined with his own artistic interpretation.
Born in Montana, Josh lived out of state for some time but always felt a deep connection with Montana's landscape and people. Josh now lives with his wife and two daughters in Helena, Montana.
Josh says, "A good painting, to me, is Nature's truth filtered through the artist."
He participates in many shows including: American Masters at Salmagundi Club in New York City, Maynard Dixon Country, Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum, and Western Rendezvous of Art. Josh won the "Palette Award" at the 2008 Quest for the West show. He was awarded the "Edith Hamlin Award" at Maynard Dixon Country in 2007. Josh had a feature article in Southwest Art's February 2009 issue and was one of the artists in the magazine’s “20 Success Stories” article, he was also featured in Art of the West's spotlight on rising stars in the November/ December 2009 issue.