I have worked closely with Elliot Silberman for over 30 years. I have used his music on several fishing videos, and on my fishing radio show soundtracks, and for background music on my professional fishing videos. I call Elliot my friend. He has been a welcome overnight guest in my home on many occasions. He is a very talented and entertaining person in his music and his artist abilities. I have been impressed with his wit, humor, character, and spiritual presence.
Elliot is very good at telling stories and entertaining kids as he draws and sings his many songs. My three children have loved to have Elliot come visit these many years.
Elliot is very protective of ALL his models. He realizes it is very embarrassing for anyone to sit in the hot seat, with not only the artist staring at you, but mom and dad, and many strangers too. He does not force anyone to smile when he just tries to make all comfortable. You can’t force a smile. That will only cover up the REAL person inside.
I met Elliot Silberman at Minnesota Renaissance well over twenty years ago! For most of my career at the Renaissance, Elliot owned his portrait shop next door to my pottery shop. Always, he has been a talented portrait artist, a crowd pleasing entertainer, and a person with great musical talent. Elliot is very sensitive to kids and to anyone sitting in the “Hot Seat” getting sketched. It is possible for anyone to be shy, kids or adults, sitting on display being stared at during a portrait. Elliot is very very protective of everyone’s feelings, and he has a way of talking to each sitter, and making sure no one tries to force a smile as it only hinders the real person deeper inside, making them more uncomfortable. His ability to connect verbally with people without being overbearing makes it possible for him to capture intriguing moments in his work.