William Eric was raised in suburban New Jersey where he would make yearly holy pilgrimages with his mother to the fine and modern museums of art in New York City. Perhaps it was missing school for the event or even remembering a favorite childhood book, “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” (by E.L. Konigsburg), a story of New Jersey children who ran away to hide and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, that made him long to be an artist.
Being of a practical sort, William Eric chose to get college degrees in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, OH and only minor in Fine Art.
William Eric studied under famed portrait artist Nelson Shanks, spent two and a half years studying under the original drawing teacher of the Florence Academy, Andrea J. Smith at the Harlem Studio (now defunct) and works along side friend and portrait artist Brandon Soloff.
William produces works that explore themes of innocence, beauty, and the classic form using traditional techniques. His painting heros are Odd Nerdrum, Frank Duveneck, and Emil Carlsen.
William Eric’s paintings are in many private collections and galleries nationwide. He is a member of several artist organizations including several miniature societies.
For the past 20 years, William Eric lives and works from a small studio in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The Metropolitan Museum of Art remains to this day his favorite museum.
This site serves as record of all William Eric’s artistic and design endeavors; showing both the good and bad of his artistic journey.