I paint to discover and celebrate the hidden mechanics of the natural world. Rather than seeking out classical beauty, I am looking for subjects that present opportunities to deconstruct form, analyse pattern, and present nature from a new perspective. Within these patterns and forms there lies fingerprints of higher realities and divine forces. What are these forces? How many realities are there and how many can be conveyed? Why do natural forms re-occur across a wide variety of locations, scales, and mediums? These questions can and should be answered by specialists, yet I still wish to try and answer them with paint. Landscape therefor is my primary subject matter, but again I search for specific moments or scenes that provoke thought and inspire curiosity. In order to emphasize this I often paint a “portrait” of the land or a tree by using a literal portrait orientation.
Thoughts on the Conservation of Public Lands:
Regardless of where you stand in this political atmosphere, it is paramount that we all realize the importance of preserving the areas on earth where nature still rules over man. Short sighted greed and lust over natural resources has left much of this planet a barren shadow of its former self. Areas that had the potential to enrich the hearts of billions have been wasted so that the wallets of a few might be full. My work and life are largely inspired by our nation's public lands and their significance goes far beyond the finite value of money. I hope my work, among other things, impresses upon you the irreplaceable importance of our virgin lands as well as those recovering from past destruction. Take action and let our leaders know that we want our lands protected and unspoiled for us and all those who come next.
Born in Utah, raised and educated in Virginia, Eric is now living and painting in Olympia, WA.