From the artist

I am 33 years old from the Western US, currently living in a small town outside of Florence with my wife and three little ones.  I have been an artist for as long as I can remember.  I pursued it through grade-school and started in college, but when I was 21, I pursued another dream full-time and my art became a hobby.  From 2008 to 2019 I worked in various positions in Utah as a police officer, spending days off in my studio and out painting en plein air.  In this career the most rewarding times were in instructing positions and helping people in the community, but after spending over a decade seeing so much darkness and ugly in the world, I decided to devote all my time on art and beauty.  After coming to this decision in 2018, and while still employed with the State police, I attended short-courses in Utah at the Beaux-Arts Academy under Nikki Covington, and the Masters Academy of Art with Ryan Brown.  I completed an Associate’s Degree at Snow College—in which art program I studied anatomy, drawing, oil painting, figure drawing, écorché, and figure sculpture—and after being accepted to the Florence Academy of Art my wife and I left our employment, sold everything, and moved to Florence.

I attended the Florence Academy of Art for one term before being accepted to the Florence Classical Arts Academy (Russian Academy).  The instructors here are incredibly involved, motivating mentors who have graduated from the Repin Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.  The curriculum and instruction is rich with the grammar of Classical Art, and their approach to color is thorough and intuitive.  I am currently enrolled at the Russian Academy in the second year on a scholarship granted through the school’s donor.

Living in Tuscany gives me the wonderful opportunity to also learn from the great masters of the Italian Renaissance, and I devote many hours in the churches and museums studying, sketching, and learning.   

In addition to my academic studies I am an avid plein air painter, motivated by a love of being outdoors and my conviction that nature is the greatest source of instruction—providing infinite solutions to color and the elements of design.  I have always been drawn to Western Art, French Impressionism, and Russian Impressionism, and I’ve noticed my work shows influences of Maynard Dixon, Sisley, Levitan, and Arkhipov, among others.

Plein Air Competitions
Religious Exhibitions

Moab Plein Air | Moab, Utah | 2011

Moab Plein Air | Moab, Utah | 2012

Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah | Springville, Utah | 2009

Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah | Springville, Utah | 2011

Moab Plein Air | Moab, Utah | 2015

Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah | Springville, Utah | 2014

Utah Plein Air | Brigham City, Utah | 2014

Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah | Springville, Utah | 2015

Utah Plein Air | Brigham City, Utah | 2015

Utah Plein Air | Brigham City, Utah | 2017

Honorable Mention

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2012

Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah | Springville, Utah | 2016

Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah c Springville, Utah | 2017

Spiritual-Religious Art Exhibition from the Parliament of World Religions | SLC, Utah | 2015

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2013

Merit Award

Other 

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2014

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2015

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2016

Purchase Award

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2017

Purchase Award & Lt. Governor's Choice Award

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2018

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2019

Thanksgiving Point Plein Air | Lehi, Utah | 2009

Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon | Springville, Utah | 2010

Scenes of Sanpete: Duo Exhibition | Hub City Gallery, Mt Pleasant, Utah | 2018

Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon | Springville, Utah | 2019

Scenes of Sanpete: Duo Exhibition | Hub City Gallery, Mt Pleasant, Utah | 2018

Scandinavian Festival | Ephraim, Utah | 2010

Scandinavian Festival | Ephraim, Utah | 2011

2nd Annual Utah's Beauty & Heritage Artwalk | Fairview, Utah | 2018

Honorable Mention

Orem Arts in the Park | Orem, Utah | 2011

Best of Show

3rd Annual Utah's Beauty & Heritage Artwalk | Fairview, Utah | 2019

Honorable Mention

Spring City Plein Air | Spring City, Utah | 2020

Duo Landscape Exhibition | Fairview Museum of History and Art, Fairview, Utah | 2019

Business Card Art Show | JKR Gallery Provo, Utah | 2020

Art Education

Associate of Art | Snow College | Ephraim, Utah

In the art program offered at Snow Eric studied figure drawing, oil painting, portrait painting, figure sculpture, human anatomy, and ecorche.

Short Course: Portait Drawing & Painting Workshop | Beaux-Arts Academy | 2018

Instructors Nikki Covington & Andrew Payne

Short Course: Introduction to Oil Painting Workshop | Master's Academy of Art | 2018

Instructor Ryan Brown

Florence Academy of Art | Semester of Intensive Drawing | Florence, Italy

In the 3 months attending the Intensive Drawing program Eric had the opportunity to study anatomy, oil painting materials, composition, and draw from the nude figure and Bargue's.  The study truly was intensive, with 50 hours a week in the studio under instructors Simona Dolci, Simone Olivia-Moritz, Richard Greathouse, and Vitaliy Shtanko.  

Florence Classical Arts Academy | Russian Academy of Art | currently studying 

Eric is currently studying the Russian academic technique full-time (50-60 hrs weekly) under graduates from the Repin Academy in St. Petersburg.  The curriculum includes color theory, composition/elements of design, mastercopy, study in the musuems, drawing, painting, and anatomy.  Full-time Instructors include Svetlana Kurbatskaya, Sergey Kurbatskii, Svetlana Terekhina, as well as visting instructors such as Yurii Diatlov and Valerii Beganov.

Human Anatomy Training

Snow College, Utah | Dr. Paul Gardner | 2018

This course was part of the Fine Arts Degree offered through Snow College.  Held in the science/medical facility on campus, this course included regular study from anatomical models, as well as both male and female cadavers.  The instructor, Dr. Gardner PhD, is a former veteran combat medic and operating room technician.  He instructs in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Human Biology, and various medical courses.  The course was in conjunction with two other courses taught in the sculpture studio: ecorche anatomy sculpture and portrait and figure sculpture. 

Florence Academy of Art | Richard Greathouse | 2019

This course was held in the evenings and included both lecture and study/drawing from various nude models.

During the term attended in the Intensive Drawing course at Florence Academy of Art Eric was able to study anatomy under Richard Greathouse, former Director of Anatomy at FAA.  Greathouse studied human anatomy in a cadaver dissection course under Dr. Gil Hedley in San Francisco, CA, and taught anatomy at both the FAA in Florence and the U.S. branch, as well as in various workshops.

Florence Classical Arts Academy | Svetlana Terekhina | 2020

During this course Eric had the opportunity to study under Professor Svetlana Terekhina, a member of the Russian Union of Artists and graduate of both the Chelyabinsk Art College and the Repin Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russian.  Terekhina has taught at various art colleges, schools, and academies since 1994.  This course included both lecture as well as drawing in the studio from anatomical models.

Florence Classical Arts Academy | Yurii Diatlov & Svetlana Kurbatskaya | 2020

This course included lecture portions with a live nude model by Professor Yurii Diatlov, one of the chief professors of anatomy at the Kharkiv Municipal College of Arts in Ukraine with over 30 years of anatomy teaching experience. As part of this course Eric also received instruction from Professor Svetlana Kurbatskaya in drawing and painting sessions of anatomical models and nude figure models.  Kurbatskaya is a member of the Russian Union of Artists with over 20 years of artistic training in various schools, including graduation from the Repin Imperial Academy of Art in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In addition to formal study, Eric has been an avid plein-air painter since 2009, a passion he is continuing during his time in Italy.  

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