In 2005, Eric had a terrible bike accident fracturing his neck. After the bone healed, he went through a challenging time of residual issues, including chronic pain, emotional discord, and recovery from minor brain damage. The catalyst to his healing came on a whim, when he decided to try his hand at sculpture. It was instantly therapeutic and was altogether a unifying force of good in his life going forward. In the clay he found the ultimate outlet to mental and physical pain relief, along with a Zen-like state that had eluded him for most of his life. It was the beginning of a new path toward a career in the creative arts.
In 2009, this path moved Eric to leave his job and go back to school with a mission to capture a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. While in school, Eric’s aesthetic and style grew quickly, surrounding his favorite subject matter in myth, nature, and folk tales. He felt a kindred spirit to the mistreated, misunderstood, and horrific creations in these stories, and decided to retell their lives in a more contemporary world. In effect, this is his goal: To make a connection between what is fantasy, what is reality, and how stories from the past are not much different from the tales we create today.
Eric’s work tends to be in clay, but varies in the type (water, resin, oil, or polymer based), along with an occasional foray into mixed media as well. While practicing as a student and a new father, he shows his work at various locations throughout the North/South Bay Area, more recently in Italy, and continues to find inspiration in nature, trials of the physical/mental faculties, climate change, and of course, folklore.