Born in Belleville, Illinois in 1968, Eric attended Pocahontas Elementary School and Greenville High School. From a blue collar family, he was told from day one "Art is nice hobby but it won't pay the bills." From that day forward he was out to prove those people wrong.
As long as he could remember he doodled and dreamed. That was evident in school where he would daydream about monsters and space men on Mars (which, by the way, got me him in a lot of trouble). His art teacher, on the other hand, did not scold him, but encouraged him to put his talents to better use. So he began entering his artwork in local contests; 95% of the time he won blue ribbons or awards, and eventually he won a scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. This was his ticket out of small-town life.
While in college he started to experiment with different types of media. He enjoyed learning about and working in most media he tried, but felt most comfortable working in oil and acrylic.
Upon graduation in 1993, he moved to Maryland and started showing his work in local galleries. He quickly gained a solid client base, which allowed him to open his own studio, EW Illustration. This is when he started to experiment with computer art, 3-D programs, and graphic and painting programs. The business really took off in 1995 when he started to land large accounts.
In 1997 he competed against 12 artists from around the world, and won first place in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, which was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. One of the judges was none other than Frank Frazeta himself, with whom he had many great conversations during the three days at the contest.
In 1999 he moved his studio to Missouri to escape the high real estate prices in Maryland. He has enjoyed working on many exciting projects there, and has found great opportunities for illustration, graphic design, 3-D work for on-line video games, and more. He has worked for a vast array of clients such as, Del Rey Publishing, Hasbro, and Wizards of the Coast.
His experiences have provided him with a large working perspective, including computer art, sculpture, oil, acrylic, and 3-D.
He still daydreams and doodles, but now its all in a day's work.