Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story
Most people know Rob Elowitch as a lifelong resident of Portland, Maine who runs one of the most respected art auction houses on the East Coast. Through his Barridoff Galleries, he sells great works by artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, to art collectors and museums all over the world. HeÂ’s been married for fifty years to his high school sweetheart and has devoted much of his time to developing artistic and cultural programs throughout Maine. He comes from one of MaineÂ’s most accomplished and respected families and is very involved in the Maine Jewish community.Â He and his wife live in a large brownstone in that is beautifully decorated with priceless works of art. Elowitch is a family man and recently became a grandfather.
But Rob Elowitch has a secret life: HeÂ’s a professional wrestler. Even his wife has never seen him wrestle.Â Although heÂ’s now 66 years old, Elowitch travels all over North America and Europe to wrestle under the Â“mat nameÂ” of Robbie Ellis. He takes on men in their twenties in dingy wrestling clubs in primarily working class neighborhoods and defies anyone who thinks age might make him a sucker.Â Age is incidental to Ellis, not a handicap. And it is in this second career that he finds his greatest lust for life and passion for the world.Â
Â Â“CanvasmanÂ” is a portrait of a man who is less concerned with doing what is expected of him than he is with living a life that is fueled by passion and the excitement of the wrestling ring. His journey is one that teaches us that if we follow our hearts, even if they take us in unlikely directions, we can live our lives uninhibited by age and stereotypes and find out who we really are.