ARTIST ERIC SWEET
In a world of concrete jungles I can momentarily escape the madness into the wild and connect with nature. Animals for me have always been a safe haven—gentle spirits that are in tune to the spiritual frequency I've always yearned for. When I look into the eyes of an animal, I feel the universe, and know I am connected to something greater than I can comprehend. 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, not necessarily their true appearance. In the end, these paintings capture the animal spirit in a unique blend of realism and impressionism.
My oil paintings are created 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.
Both of these techniques are used to celebrate the diversity of life and the pure souls the animals possess. I love transitioning between these different approaches; it really makes me appreciate the animals in very different ways.
Special thanks to Caprichio the Tiger, as he lay calmly (anesthetized) as I play with his toes. A special perk, that I am deeply thankful for, while volunteering at the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Learn more about the big cats at carolinatigerrescue.org.