ERIC BLACK
Biography


I began doing pen and ink in 1964 and won several prizes at county fairs in Arizona, where I attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. During an extensive career in mortgage banking I always knew I was an artist and continued working in oils, acrylics and dabbled in watercolor. Approximately 7 years ago I picked up a pen again and everything came back, even better than before. Six glorious years ago I became a full-time artist. Over the years I've done numerous shows in Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, and now Oregon and Washington. Our recent move to Hood River, Oregon has opened up a new area to show my work. The Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, WA recently completed a wildlife show featuring my work as their only wall artist.

Medium-I work primarily in pen and ink, using occasional splashes of color, ink or gouache. I've been involved with pen and ink for many years and find the medium delivers the precision I look for. My work would fall into the photo-realism class but often I combine realism with impressionism. My subject matter tends toward wildlife, however I also do Native Americans, mountain men, portraits and nudes. I work large, (for pen and ink) and may work several months on a piece. My interests lay in pushing the envelope of pen and ink into areas not normally seen. My wildlife work is an example. I'm working with more color and color backgrounds now then in previous years. Pen and ink is traditionally a black and white medium and combining gouache and ink gives a very pleasing mixed media effect.


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