Eric’s love for wildlife started in my earlier years as he played in the forests and country side of England. As a young boy he would often sit
mesmerized by King Fisher birds as they darted back and forth whilst he sat by a river fishing.
It was later in his life that his wife asked him to do a painting of a Robin that started him off on the journey of painting wildlife, not realising at that time the dedication and research required to paint both birds and animals in all mediums realistically.
Apart from doing small sketches on site, Eric uses photographic references to completion his paintings in his studio.
He first started his working career as a sign writer, learning the skills of the bygone old masters, from wood graining, marbling effects and gilding, to mural painting, which were all part of a sign painter’s trade in those days.
Arriving in Australia in 1980 he formed his own company producing pictorial advertising for the large music and film industries. After his arrival with his wife and family, he became a member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia where he received many of the top awards in their annual wildlife art shows. Most of his works are produced in Acrylics, Oils, and Watercolour.
He had been fortunate in having his works featured on Calendars, Greeting Cards, China pottery, and limited edition prints. His original paintings can be found in private collections all around the world.
You can view a full gallery of Eric’s artwork, prints and further information by clicking the link to his website here ShepArts.com