Yellow House
14 x 24 in.
Acrylic on Board

Eric Jacobsen was born and raised in New England. He received a BA in History from Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 1989 and studied fine art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT from 1991–1995. At the Academy he received training in the Beaux Arts tradition of drawing and painting from life.

Eric’s true inspiration is the amazing beauty that he sees in nature. Jacobsen is a plain air painter. He takes his oils wherever he goes, setting up on site, working until his painting is finished.

“It is most important to me that my paintings convey a certain mood,” Eric says. “I want them to be felt by the viewer without his or her having to analyze or think about them. As a general rule, I try to find strong compositions in nature and then paint the scene accurately while leaving out any extraneous details which would only busy up the painting and detract from the strength of the piece as a whole. My painting process consists of finding a painting site and setting up to paint for a couple of hours, or until the light has changed. For larger paintings, I will return on consecutive days at the same time, under similar lighting conditions to finish a piece.”

Eric notes, “Yellow House was painted on location in my hometown of Prineville, Oregon. The rustic old homes and barns of Central Oregon are a favorite subject matter for me.”

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E-mail Eric at [email protected]

Upcoming Workshops:
Oregon Society of Artists
Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil and Acrylic with Eric Jacobsen
February 14–16, 2020

Scottsdale Artists School
Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes In Oil And Acrylic
March 2–6, 2020

Gallery Representation:
Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA
Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
Gallery At Round Top, Round Top, TX
Ingram Fine Art, Wiscasset, ME
Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, OR
Phinney Gallery, Joseph, OR