Raymond Ellstad was born under a rusty sign on the Island of Staten,
in New York, which is actually the borough of Richmond, so you might
and could say that he is from New York, New York. This was on a brain
cloudy day in 1946. He has lived a desultory life, the aspect germane
to our quest of discovering the where ness of his art breath, is that
he attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art (then known as the
Museum Art School), and the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, both of
which are in Portland, Oregon. Raymond is an adjunct professor of photography
at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. He thinks that ART is more than
a man's name. In him resides a major talent with a middle brow mind.
He loves run on sentences in the third person, Rosemary KimBal and golf
in the company of men. His portrait of Mary-Catherine Ferguson is a
mosaic compiled of 30 distinct individual photographs in front of works
by San Diego artist Raul Guerrero.
- Raymond Ellstad