Living, and working, for nearly a century, painter Eliot Candee Clark had only two months of formal art instruction throughout his entire life. Instead, he learned by observing his father, painter Walter Clark, and his many friends. By the age of nine he was all ready exhibiting his watercolor paintings.
At the age of seventeen he studied for two months at the Art Students League under John Twachtman, and then he set out into nature and the world to complete his training.
He initially joined his father on painting excursions to Massachusetts, where he painted in the Realist manner. His early works relied on a Tonalist palette, but as he became more experienced he brightened his palette and began to use a significantly stronger Impressionist style.
Clark traveled Europe from 1904 to 1906, where he saw an exhibition of Whistler's work that would influence his own. He returned to New York and opened his own studio. He traveled west in 1912, painting scenes from New Mexico and California and Arizona. He returned to the region several times throughout the 1920s and 30s, as well as heading to India for two years on a painting excursion. He painted almost to the end of his life, in 1980, always looking to nature and the outdoors for his setting and inspiration.
He exhibited widely throughout his career, and was a member of numerous professional organizations. He was President of the National Academy of Design from 1956 to 1959, as well as a member of the International Society of Arts and Letters, among many others.
His paintings are in the collections of many major museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas.