Eric
Sweet

With quiet brushstrokes, I can momentarily escape the madness into the wild and connect with nature. Animals for me have always been a safe haven—gentle souls that are in touch with a peaceful spiritual world. My relationship to the animal spirit is the driving force behind my work and my sole motivation.

My watercolor paintings are loose and spontaneous, painted with large washes and splatter, exaggerated color, and smooth gradations. My approach with watercolors is interpretive in nature.  Put differently, these paintings take into consideration my interpretation of the animals’ spirit, and my relationship with said spirit, not necessarily their true appearance. In the end, these paintings capture the animal spirit in a unique blend of realism and impressionism.

Less frequently, I’ll dabble in oils using a variety of approaches. Most traditionally, I’ll paint with quick but precise brushwork, focusing on shape, value, and color. This realistic approach allows me to focus on the feeling of the animal and scene rather than getting lost in the details. Up close, the brushstrokes come alive to tell the story of the creation of the painting. Using black oil paint in a dry brush manner, I’ll focus on the small details, resulting in a more realistic painting. Lastly, using only my hands as tools, I’ll finger paint large scale oils for a truly unique one-of-a-kind piece.

Each of these techniques are used to celebrate the diversity of life on our amazing planet. My hope is to allow the viewer to not only see the animal but feel the animal spirit. I love transitioning between these different approaches; it really makes me appreciate the animals in very different ways.

 

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When I'm not painting, you may find me woodworking, golfing, flying in my flight sim, or spending time with my amazing wife and daughter.