Eric Jacobsen

Eric Jacobsen

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I received my training at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT. My study there consisted of painting, drawing, sculpting and anatomy, all of which was done “from life” with a live model. Upon graduating I was awarded the John Stobart Fellowship which included a yearly stipend and a show at the culmination of a year of painting. I put together a group of about 75 paintings and sold over 50 of them at my opening. This was a pleasant surprise and a real boost to me in my budding career as an artist. By this time I was painting the landscape almost exclusively with an occasional portrait, still-life or animal painting. Having grown up in New England, I was surrounded by the work of great artists from that region and as my awareness grew I became acquainted with the work of Emile Gruppe, Charles Hawthorn, John Carlson, and Chauncey Ryder among others. The work of these painters made an impact on me and shaped, molded, and affirmed my own convictions as an artist. From each of them I learned the power of simplicity and suggestion in painting. While at the Academy I was introduced to scores of great artists work. Some of whom I had heard of before like John Singer Sargent and Frank Benson but through rubbing elbows with fellow classmates I was turned on to the work of Joaquin Sorolla, Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Henry Mancini and Nicolai Fechin to name a few.
I was particularly captured by the work of the Russian painters. Their work moved me with its spirit, power and passion in a way that I had not yet experienced. I began to search out Russian painters and study their work, filling my shelves with books on Russian painting and my studio walls with images of Russian work.
There are so many Russian artists whose work I admire but among the most influential and inspiring work to me personally is that of Isaac Levitan, Fedor Zakharov, and Valerian Formozov.
The work of these painters is filled with such honesty, joy and raw beauty, that I cannot possibly expla

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